Providing equality of opportunity and improving life chances remains at the heart of what we do. We are committed to finding innovative solutions so that we can keep providing excellent services and encourage social cohesion.
Hackney is one of London's most popular places to live, work and do business. We are committed to harnessing these new opportunities to help bridge the gap between the borough's new prosperity and long standing deprivation, making sure everyone benefits.
- In 2013 the Council was externally assessed as Excellent on the Equality Framework for Local Government and was reassessed in 2018 and again rated excellent. The assessment was based on our self-assessment and the case studies report: Equality Framework for Local Government
- is a Disability Confident employer. Jobcentre Plus runs the scheme on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. The accreditation is awarded to employers who can demonstrate their commitment to getting the right people (including a commitment to offering an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job) and keeping and developing our staff
- is part of Stonewall's diversity champion programme, which promotes the rights of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people in the workplace and in service provision
Equality and cohesion policy
Hackney's equality and cohesion policy explains what we mean by equality, diversity and cohesion and the main strategies which are in place to advance equality and promote cohesion. These are:
The policy outlines relevant legislation like the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty and the way we will implement them.
Under the Public Sector Equality Duty public organisations have to publish equality objectives at least every three years. Our equality objectives for 2012-16 are:
- deliver actions which aim to narrow the gap in outcomes between certain disadvantaged groups and the wider community
- improve the way we listen to our residents and respond to service users' feedback to improve services
- foster good relations by building a strong sense of community, neighbourliness and pride
Single equality scheme
Hackney's single equality scheme 2013-16 sets out the action which the Council will take to meet our equality objectives and promote cohesion.
It is based on:
We're currently consulting on a draft single equality scheme for 2018-21. The consultation is open until 30 September.
Knowing our communities
Knowing our communities gives information about the history of Hackney's communities as well as the diversity of its residents today.
Equality based decision making
We take equality into account when making decisions. In most cases, reports for major decisions will include an equality impact assessment. These are normally published alongside the cabinet report.
Equality information collection
We regularly collect equality information from members of the public to ensure that our services reach all those who need them.
Knowing our workforce
Knowing our workforce details information about the Council's staff.
The Equality Act 2010
Do you need advice?
If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination and would like advice and support, contact the Equality Advisory Support Service.