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Equality and Diversity

Torridge is committed to meeting its obligation to remove inequality and promote fairness.

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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 their needs are met in different ways.

Equality focuses on those areas covered by legislation, namely the 9 'protected characteristics' of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion/Belief
  • Sexual Orientation

What is Diversity?

Diversity is about valuing individual difference. So 'diversity' is much more than just a new word for equality. A diversity approach aims to recognise, value and manage differences in order to make the Council a better place for everyone.

Torridge District Council is committed to promoting equality and diversity by aiming to:

  • challenge and eradicate prejudice and discrimination
  • respect and value diversity
  • promote tolerance
  • provide responsive, sensitive and accessible services and information
  • ensure our workforce reflects the diverse population of North Devon
  • develop a positive, supportive and anti-discriminatory working environment for all staff

Delivering Equality

Torridge District Council and North Devon Council have adopted a Joint Inclusive Equality Scheme that sets out the equality objectives for the next 3 years.

Equality Legislation

The Equality Act, which came into force on 1 October 2010, provides the legal framework for discrimination law in England, Scotland and Wales.

Equality Impact and Needs Assessments

At Torridge District Council we need to understand whether our services are meeting everyone's needs and that people who need our services have access to them. To help us to do this we will carry out an Equality Impact and Needs Assessment.

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