Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

As a major public sector organisation, Bolton Council strives to achieve equity and inclusion for all its citizens.  This means ensuring that our residents, workforce and our partner organisations are treated fairly. We are therefore committed to ensuring that our policies and our services meet the needs of everyone in the Bolton Family in a fair and equitable way.  

Working with key partners in Bolton is paramount to understanding and developing Bolton as a place in which its diverse communities can flourish.  This ethos is embedded in our Bolton’s Vision and Values.

Our duty

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.

Equality Act 2010

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)