Every public body must consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees. This is known as the Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires that public bodies have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities

As part of this, each body must publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This site contains the information which demonstrates how Bolton Council’s policies and processes help to ensure Equality and Diversity both within the Council and across the borough.

The Equality Act 2010 sets out the law around equality matters and provides protection against discrimination for the following range of protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Race

As part of our commitment to promoting equality across the whole of Bolton, the Council also chooses to make decisions which support equality regarding;

  • People’s socio-economic conditions
  • People’s caring status
  • Gender identity
  • Armed Forces /Veterans (2022)
  • Care Leavers (2022)

We have gathered the census data from 2021, highlighting Bolton's protected characteristics as an infographic.  To view previous years, please visit our downloads section.

Our drive to ensure diversity across the borough is embedded in both Bolton’s Vision and Values.