Equality and diversity

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.

The Council:

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.

Equality objectives

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:

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

A guide to 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.

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