Equality and diversity resources
Nottingham City Council believes and recognises that the diversity of Nottingham's communities is a huge asset that should be valued and seen as one of the City's great strengths.
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.
Diversity is about valuing individual difference. So 'diversity' is much more than just a new word for equality. A diverse approach aims to recognise the value and manage difference to enable all employees to contribute and realise their full potential. Diversity challenges us to recognise and value all sorts of differences as well as those covered by the law to make Nottingham City Council a better place for everyone to work and the services we provide appropriately for everyone.
Equality and Diversity Policy
Our Council Plan sets out our Equality Objectives and we each have a role to play in making sure we achieve them. While we face difficult times globally and locally, we strive to demonstrate strong leadership to embed the values of fairness and equality.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Strategy 2020-2023
The EDI strategy demonstrates our commitment to tackling inequality and promoting diversity and within this document, we outline our clear vision for an inclusive Council.
This vision is built on our Council Plan and Strategic Equality Objectives, with robust Equality Action plans through which we will embrace diversity, attract and retain the best staff and provide the best and most accessible services to our citizens.
We recognise that all people are individual, and that their needs can be complex and varied. We are confident that this strategy sets out how we aspire to achieve real and lasting progress for diverse groups and individuals alongside everyone else in Nottingham over the next few years, but represents only a small portion of the work we will do day-to-day on this agenda.
Our equality objectives help us to focus on reducing inequality and advancing equality through the decisions that we make and our policies and practices. These objectives are an important part of the Council Plan and will help us to deliver our priorities:
Make sure that our workforce will reflect the citizens we serve
We will achieve this by, amongst other things, attracting people from the diverse talent pool that we have here in Nottingham through the ‘Future Leaders Programme’.
Create economic growth for the benefit of all communities
Our work to achieve this will include infrastructure improvements including transport and schools and the development of diverse business support schemes.
Provide inclusive and accessible services for our citizens
We will achieve this by, for example, protecting from cuts services that support Nottingham’s most vulnerable citizens
Lead the City in tackling discrimination and promoting equality
Our work to achieve this will include tackling fuel poverty, building lifetime homes and by developing better opportunities for children and young people with additional needs
All citizens have the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Getting local people into sustainable employment through the Nottingham Jobs Fund and Apprenticeship Hub.
Meeting the social care needs of citizens giving people choice and control with how their care is delivered.
Improving access to services by further developing transport links and extending our tram network; developing our sports facilities like Harvey Hadden Sports Village to make them more inclusive; and by signing up to the British Sign Language Charter.
British Sign Language Charter
Nottingham City Council has signed the British Sign Language Charter (BSL). This shows the authority's commitment to improving access to services for Deaf citizens.
We will work to:
- Ensure access for Deaf people to information and services
- Promote learning and high quality teaching of British Sign Language
- Support Deaf children and families
- Ensure staff working with Deaf people can communicate effectively in British Sign Language
- Consult with our local Deaf community regularly
The Equality and Employability Team will be working alongside the British Deaf Association and the local Deaf community to ensure that these commitments are met over time.
Equality Act of 2010
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and wider society.
For further information, contact the Equality and Employability Team.