We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and valuing diversity.

In April 2010 the new Equality Act gained Royal Assent. The Act defines discrimination in terms of nine ‘protected characteristics’: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Since the Act came into force we have continued to be committed to ensuring we provide services that meet the diverse needs of our community as well as ensure we are an organisation that is sensitive to the needs of individuals within our workforce.

We have developed Equality Objectives which the council will work towards meeting over the next few years. The following objectives have been agreed:

  1. Ensure that all people are treated fairly when accessing council services
  2. Ensuring the diverse needs of our communities are taken into account in decision making
  3. Reducing inequalities across Torbay
  4. Supporting the diverse needs of our workforce

Equality information

We face a number of challenges in its ambitions to create a vibrant place to live with community prosperity. Knowing our communities is essential in learning and understanding the differences in need across the population of Torbay that will help us to improve the lives of local people and reduce inequalities.