Our equality policy and government legislation that we follow.

Our equality and inclusion policy

Our  pdf Equity and Inclusion Strategic Framework 2023 to 2027 (1.78 MB)  sets out how we will:

  • tackle equalities issues
  • aim to eliminate discrimination
  • create good relationships between communities in Bristol
  • ensure those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities

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Policy independent review

The Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy 2018 to 2023 was informed in part by an independent review of our equality and diversity function:

Previous policies and reviews

For accessible versions of the previous policy and strategy see our:

Appendix reports:

Annual progress reports

Our Equality and Inclusion Annual Progress Reports show what we have done to achieve the aims of our policy and strategy, and the progress we have made.

Equality Act 2010

Equalities legislation gives organisations rules about how equalities groups should be treated and guidance on how to implement these rules. 

The Equality Act 2010 Go to https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/equality-act/equality-act-2010 (opens new window) provides legal protection for people in the workplace and in wider society from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. 

Protected Characteristics 

The Equality Act 2010 also sets out nine protected characteristics or equalities groups.

The Act provides protection if you experience discrimination because of your:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) 

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) Go to https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/public-sector-equality-duty (opens new window) which is set out in the Equality Act 2010 says that public bodies must aim to: 

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. 
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Environmental Access Standards

Our pdf Environmental Access Standards (1.91 MB)  shows how to design the built environment so that its accessible for everyone. 

The standards take into account local expectations of good accessible design and national changes in technical, legal and governmental guidance to promote Best Practice in environmental design.

Trans Inclusion and Gender Identity Policy

Following a public consultation in 2022, we created a pdf Trans Inclusion and Gender Identity Policy (252 KB)  which outlines different protections for service users.

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