Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity are not interchangeable but are interdependent, there is no equality of opportunity if difference is not recognised and valued. Equality is about treating individuals fairly, supported by legislation designed to promote equality and eliminate discrimination and harassment. Diversity however refers to the recognition and valuing of difference for the benefit of the Council and the individual.

We are committed to equality of opportunity in our approach to service delivery, employment and community leadership. We are also committed to identifying, understanding and eliminating all barriers that prevent access to services, information and employment.

Public sector equality duty

South Cambridgeshire District Council is required under the public sector equality duty to have due regard to the need to: 

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and victimisation. 
  • Advance equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. 
  • Foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. 

These are often referred to as the three aims of the public sector equality duty. To comply with the duty a public authority needs to have due regard to all three of these aims.