What is equality?

Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances. Equality is not about treating everyone in the same way, but it recognises that individuals' needs are sometimes best met in different ways.

What is diversity?

Diversity is based on the concept of recognition of differences: recognising that everyone is different, and respecting and encouraging those differences for business benefit. People with different backgrounds and attitudes bring fresh ideas and perceptions, and a diverse organisation can draw upon the widest range of experiences so it can listen to, and meet, the needs of its employees, customers and the community it serves.

How we promote equality and diversity

The council is committed to the elimination of discrimination and promotion of equality of opportunity for all citizens and will work towards this goal, both in the provision of services and employment.

In all its activities, the council will endeavour to treat all people equally and fairly whether they are:

  • seeking employment with the council or already employees of the council
  • users of, or potential users of, council services
  • contracting to supply services or goods to the council
  • seeking financial assistance from the council  

We have a Corporate Equality and Diversity Policy (CEDP) which is the overarching equalities and diversity strategy for Cheltenham Borough Council and is intended to be the focus for promoting equality issues across the Council to ensure the elimination of discrimination and disadvantage.

The policy sets out the framework for our existing statutory equality schemes; the disability, race and gender equality schemes, and also makes provision for the other equality strands like age, sexual orientation and faith. The plan also reflects the requirements set out in a broad range of legislation, both national and international.