Equality and diversity

4/29/2022 4:19:39 PM

Our communities and our workforce are made up of a diverse range of individuals and groups with differing needs. We want our county to be a place everyone can be proud of, with excellent services, thriving businesses and outstanding public spaces for everyone. We want all residents, regardless of background, to have access to great life opportunities, live healthy successful lives, conduct business with ease, age well independently, and work towards achieving their goals in life. We also want our workforce culture to promote and embrace equality, fairness and inclusion. 


Public Sector Equality Duty

As a public body, we are required to publish information which demonstrates our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty (contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010) to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
  • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it


Equalities Objectives

Our equalities objectives are to: 

  • develop, commission and deliver inclusive and responsive services
  • foster strong relationships within our communities so everyone feels safe, supported to live independently, and residents are encouraged to get involved in improving local services
  • develop and support a highly skilled workforce who are collaborative and ambitious in the work they do, whilst valuing diverse perspectives
  • ensure leadership and organisational commitment to equalities

For more information around our objectives and how we plan to achieve them, see our equality policy PDF, 165KB.


Workforce Profile

In response to the Specific Duty to publish information, we have published our annual Workforce Profile Report for 2021 to 2022

The Workforce Profile Report provides examples of how we are complying with the Duty and also demonstrates our performance on equalities.


Diversity and Inclusion Framework (April 2021) 

Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework sets out how we are delivering our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusions for our workforce. 


Adopted the IHRA definition of Antisemitism

On the 28th January 2021, The Buckinghamshire Council adopted the IHRA definition of Antisemitism. This marks our firm, public commitment to recognising and actively seeking to eliminate any form of discrimination relating to antisemitism.

The non-legally binding definition of antisemitism gives a clear outline of what antisemitism is and understanding of how it can manifest itself in today’s society.

The adoption will be reviewed inline with the Equalities Policy.
More information on the adoption can be found on our council democracy website.

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Last updated: 29 April 2022

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