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About Equality and Diversity

The County Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all citizens and celebrates the diversity of all its residents.


This is treating people fairly. The law seeks to prevent and eliminate unlawful discrimination for people who have one or more of the following protected characteristics. These areas are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.


This means “variety”. Valuing diversity means valuing people and recognising that everyone is unique/different but of equal worth.


This is treating a person, without a justification, less favourably than another, particularly because of one’s feelings, assumptions or prejudices about the characteristics, attributes or circumstances of that person. This can include certain forms of harassment or abuse.