Equality and diversity

Equality of opportunity and improving life chances are at the heart of what we do. We’re committed to reducing inequalities, encourage social cohesion and find innovative ways to provide excellent services

Hackney is one of London’s most popular places to live, work and do business. This has, however, made inequality even more stark. We need to be more focused on those facing the greatest inequality and those in poverty.


The council

The council:

Equality and cohesion policy

Our equality and cohesion policy explains what we mean by equality, diversity, and cohesion. It also explains our main strategies to advance equality and promote cohesion.

The policy is currently under review, and we plan to publish a new version later in 2024 as part of the Equality Plan.

See our Equality and cohesion policy (PDF 287kb).

Equality objectives

We outline our equality objectives in our Equality Plan, see Plans, policies and strategies – Equality Plan 2024 to 2026.

Equality Plan 2024 to 2026

Full council approved the Equality Plan 2024 to 2026 in February 2024. See Plans, policies and strategies – Equality Plan 2024 to 2026.

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 (PDF 162kb) was produced to help council staff ensure that wherever possible, language is used in a way that is inclusive and does not cause offence.

The inclusive language guide is currently under review. We will publish a new version later in 2024 as part of the Equality Plan.

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 our staff, see Knowing our workforce.

The Equality Act 2010

See GOV.UK – Equality Act 2010: guidance

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 March 2024