Equality of opportunity and improving life chances are at the heart of what we do. We're committed to finding innovative ways to provide excellent services and encourage social cohesion.
Hackney is one of London's most popular places to live, work and do business. We are committed to harnessing these new opportunities to help bridge the gap between the borough's new prosperity and long standing deprivation, making sure everyone benefits.
- was rated 'Excellent' on the Equality Framework for Local Government in 2013 and 2018 - the assessment was based on our self-assessment and the case studies report:
- is a Disability Confident employer
- promotes the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in our workplace and services, and is part of Stonewall's diversity champion programme
Equality and cohesion policy
Our equality and cohesion policy explains both what we mean by equality, diversity and cohesion, and our main strategies to advance equality and promote cohesion. These are:
The policy outlines relevant legislation like the Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty and the way we implement them.
Under the public sector equality duty, public organisations have to publish equality objectives at least every three years. Our equality objectives for 2012-16 were:
- deliver actions which aim to narrow the gap in outcomes between certain disadvantaged groups and the wider community
- improve the way we listen to our residents and respond to service users' feedback to improve services
- foster good relations by building a strong sense of community, neighbourliness and pride
Single equality scheme
- single equality scheme 2013-16 [pdf, 542.25KB]
- single equality scheme progress report [pdf, 646.11KB]
Our single equality scheme was based on:
Knowing our communities
For information on the history of Hackney's communities and the diversity of its residents today, see Knowing our communities.
Equality based decision making
We take equality into account when making decisions - in most cases, reports for major decisions will include an equality impact assessment. They're normally published alongside the cabinet report.
Equality information collection
We regularly collect equality information from members of the public to ensure our services reach the people who need them.
Knowing our workforce
For information on the Council's staff, see: Knowing our workforce.
The Equality Act 2010
Do you need advice?
If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination and would like advice and support, contact the Equality Advisory Support Service.