Equality, diversity and inclusion

Cheltenham Borough Council is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all people regardless of age, race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity.  We recognise and value the diversity of the local community and believe that equality and inclusion are central to the provision of modern, quality services. 

The Equality Act 2010 places a special duty on us to publish equality information on the local community, those who use our services and on our staff. We hope you find this information of interest. 

You may also be interested in the Equality Advisory and Support Service which advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales.

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.