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Equality & Diversity


We are committed to promoting equality and diversity - as an employer, in the services we provide, in partnerships, and in the decisions we make.

Our aim is to ensure that people are treated fairly and with respect. We have legal responsibilities relating to equality but we see these as the minimum requirement. We also understand the wider benefits of improving everyone's quality of life and our social responsibility. We have equality policies in place which cover employment and services.

Public sector equality duty

The Equality Act came into force in October 2010, it includes general and specific legal duties which public bodies must meet.

One of the specific duties we must meet is to publish information to show how we meet the general equality duty in the way we provide services, employ people and make decisions. This must be published at least once a year.

The public sector equality duty report is an annual update showing how we meet the duty and use the information we gather about equality to help us make decisions, provide services and employ people.

Other information showing how equality is included in our plans and strategies:

We are also required to prepare and publish equality objectives. Our current equality objectives are embedded within the Council Plan (2016-2019) as part of the 'Altogether Better Council' priority theme.

Equality Impact Assessments

From 2012 onwards we have published our Equality Impact Assessments with Cabinet reports.

Supporting organisations

  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a national organisation which provides information and advice about equality and diversity. It also produces guidance on the legal responsibilities which we have as a council.
  • DisabledGo is a website providing detailed online disability access guides to a range of places you may wish to visit across the county including council venues. You can search for access guides for customer access points, shops, libraries, parks, rail and bus stations, hotels, historical venues and much more.
  • The Equality Advisory and Support Service is a free service providing advice, guidance and support to individuals who face incidents of discrimination. The service explains rights under the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 and can work with you to find an informal resolution to your complaint of discrimination.
Contact us
Equality and Diversity
03000 268 019
Our address is:
  • Room 4/139
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UF
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