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Equality and diversity

We are committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity through all of our services and dedicated to treating our residents, customers, employees and visitors with respect, while providing services which respond to people’s individual needs.


The Equality Act 2010 includes a Public Sector Equality Duty which states that we, as a council, must consider the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other behaviour that is not allowed under the act.

  • advance equality of opportunity between people with and without protected characteristics, for example by removing or minimising disadvantages, meeting the needs of people who have a protected characteristic or encouraging participation in public life and activities.

  • encourage good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not, for example by tackling prejudice and promoting understanding.

We are committed to helping ensure that people of all protected characteristics can participate fully in our community as equal citizens.

The nine protected characteristics are:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Marriage and civil partnership
  5. Pregnancy and maternity
  6. Race
  7. Religion and belief
  8. Sex
  9. Sexual orientation

The council performs equality impact assessments (EIAs) to understand whether changes or new policies, services and functions will impact different sectors of society in different ways.

EIAs can help to identify improvements to services, enable us to make better decisions and recognise how services can be more accessible.

  • Initial screening - Initial screening helps us find out if a particular proposal is likely to have a negative effect on any group of people and whether we need to take mitigating action or carry out a full EIA.

  • Full Equality Impact Assessments - A full EIA is a systematic process of evidence gathering and analysis that makes sure we meet our duty to better promote equality.

We publish our EIAs via our Council, Cabinet and committee meetings website.


Telephone: 01656 643664
Address: Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

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