Equality, Diversity and Cohesion
Find out about Wirral Council's approach to equality, diversity and cohesion in local communities.
- Watch a short film that explains what equality and diversity is and why it is important to all of us.
- View Wirral Council's completed Equality Impact Assessments
- View Wirral's progress against the Equality Duty
- Find out about the legal framework relating to equality, diversity and cohesion
- See the Corporate Equality Plan for 2014-17
Wirral Council is committed to ensuring that it delivers all of its services in fair and appropriate ways. It also pledges to develop an inclusive recruitment and selection process aimed at creating a strong and diverse workforce. This approach ensures that we work towards removing any barriers which may exist within our services and employment practices.
What do we mean by ‘equality’?
Equality is based on two principles - equal treatment and equal opportunity. This means building a society where no one is held back because of who they are, or where they come from.
The Council will ensure it meets its legal requirements under the Equality Duty 2010.
What do we mean by ‘diversity’?
The Council recognises how diverse Wirral’s communities are; the wealth of cultures, lifestyles, experiences, beliefs and perspectives. This will be recognised in the Council’s role as an employer, service provider, commissioner, partner agency and within its community leadership role.
What do we mean by ‘cohesion’?
Community Cohesion is what must happen to all communities to enable different groups of people to get on well together and what must happen to enable new residents and existing residents to adjust to one another.
The Council will ensure that the community activities it supports encourage further integration to improve community cohesion.
Corporate Equality Plan
The Wirral Corporate Equality Plan 2014-2017 is the Council’s equality and diversity action plan for the period April 2014 to March 2017.
The Equality Plan details the actions that will be taken across the whole council to eliminate any discriminatory practices and to promote equality and recognise diversity within employment and service delivery. The scheme also provides a framework for the Council to achieve ‘Excellent’ status within the Equality Framework for Local Government.
The Council will work towards building a culture that values diversity and equality, by recognising and appreciating individual needs and differences.