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What is equality and diversity?

What do we mean by equality?

Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances. It is also about ensuring that all people achieve equal outcomes, either in the standard of service they receive or as employees. It is not about treating 'everyone the same', but recognising that everyone's needs are met in different ways.

What do we mean by diversity?

Historically organisations and individuals tended to view diversity as a race, gender or disability. In reality, diversity includes sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, religious belief, physical ability, educational background, geographical location, marital status, class and work experience to name a few.

A diverse organisation embraces people for their individuality and recognises that customers come from different backgrounds and circumstances. Employees are accepted for their cultural backgrounds and differences in lifestyles and are recognised for their abilities and skills to do the work.

Diversity is not a 'one off ' programme but is at the heart of the organisation and integrated into all daily Council business.

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