Equality and diversity policy
Our aim is to make equality an integral part of the way the Council works by putting it at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality
- as an employer
- in the services we provide
- in partnerships
- in the decisions we make
We recognise that promoting equality and diversity will improve public services for everyone. We want Cheshire East to be an area of equal opportunity, where everyone has a fair chance and people from all backgrounds take part in community life.
Our Equality and diversity strategy (PDF, 668KB) was approved by Cabinet on 7 February 2017. We deliver this through an annual work programme.
Our equality objectives
The equality objectives are to:
- strengthen our knowledge and understanding of our communities
- listen, involve and respond to our communities effectively
- improve the diversity and skills of our workforce to ensure equality of representation at all levels across the organisation
- demonstrate a positive culture with strong leadership and organisational commitment to excellence in improving equality outcomes, both within the council and amongst partners
- ensure that the Council’s services are responsive to different needs and treat service users with dignity and respect.
Promoting fairness and providing equality for all is an ambition in each of our strategic objectives as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2016-2020. We want to ensure that:
- Our local communities are strong and supportive
- Cheshire East has a strong and resilient economy
- People have the life skills and education they need in order to thrive
- Cheshire East is a green and sustainable place
- People live well and for longer
- Our organisation is responsible, effective, and efficient
Gender pay gap
We publish data about our gender pay gap annually. This meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 for all employers with more than 250 employees.
Equalities and the law
The Equality Act 2010 states that then public authorities carry out their functions they must have due regard to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who don't
- foster or encourage good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who don't
The protected characteristics are:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
We know that people can have more than one of these characteristics and that there are other vulnerabilities that people can be discriminated against. We work against all forms of discrimination and believe our policies create positive outcomes for everyone.
You can find guidance on all aspects of the Equality Act and how it affects you on the Equality and Human Rights Commission web site. This national organisation also sets out our legal responsibilities as a council.