Our equality policies and equalities legislation
Our equality and inclusion policies and equality legislation
Our equality policy and government legislation that we follow
Our equality and inclusion policy
Our equality policy and strategy sets out our commitment to equality and diversity, and 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
Our Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy 2018 - 2023 (pdf, 1.3MB) (opens new window) sets out how we will do this.
The Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy was informed in part by an independent review of our equality and diversity function:
- Independent review: Bristol City Council's Equality and Diversity Function - June 2018 (pdf, 184KB) (opens new window)
For accessible versions of the policy and strategy see our:
- Equality and Inclusion Policy: easy read version (pdf, 6.5MB) (opens new window)
- Equality and Inclusion Policy: British Sign Language video with subtitles
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.
- LGA Equality Framework for Local Government Report (EFLG) 2021 (pdf, 283KB) (opens new window)
- LGA EFLG Recommendations Table (pdf, 229KB) (opens new window)
- Advancing Equality and Inclusion Action Plan Closure Report (pdf, 500KB) (opens new window)
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 provides legal protection for people in the workplace and in wider society from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
The Equality Act 2010 also sets out nine protected characteristics or equalities groups.
The Act provides protection if you experience discrimination because of your:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) 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 Environmental Access Standards (pdf, 1.9MB) (opens new window) 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.