Equality and diversity

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.


The Council

The Council:

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.

Equality objectives

  1. Increase prosperity for all and tackle poverty and socio-economic disadvantage
  2. Tackle disadvantage and discrimination that is linked to a protected characteristic
  3. Build a cohesive and inclusive borough

Underpinning this work will be a renewed emphasis in embedding prevention into service delivery and a commitment to build a culture of inclusive leadership. There are therefore two underpinning objectives:

  • enabling objective 1: embed prevention into service delivery
  • enabling objective 2: promoting a culture of inclusive leadership

Single equality scheme

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.

Inclusive language guide

The inclusive language guide has been produced to help Council staff ensure that wherever possible, language is used in a way that is inclusive and does not cause offence.

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.

Page updated on: 27 July 2022