Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Find out about the council's vision to make Knowsley the 'Borough of Choice' and how we comply with the Equality Duty as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Knowsley Council is committed to working together, with staff, partners, and the community, to ensure that our workforce and service providers deliver accessible, safe, and inclusive services.

This page contains details about our approach to advancing equality, valuing diversity, and promoting inclusion; it includes information to help you access our services, find support, and keep up to date on events and projects that celebrate our community.

Whilst the physical assets of the borough - its green space, leisure facilities, its infrastructure and connectivity - are of remarkably high quality, its greatest potential asset is our staff and communities.

Equality Act 2010

Knowsley Council is required to publish annual information that demonstrates our compliance with the Equality Duty as defined by the Equality Act 2010. This means that we have to demonstrate that in decision-making processes we have shown due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

These are the three aims of the general equality duty. Having due regard for advancing equality involves:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Objectives for 2021-2025 are:

  • Achieve Disability Confident Level 2
  • Reduce our Gender Pay Gap
  • Achieve the Navajo Charter Mark
  • Fulfil our Race Equality Declaration of Intent

Equality & Diversity Four-Year Progress Report 2012 - 2016

Equality & Diversity Policy Statement 2022 - 2025

Race Equality - Declaration of Intent

Equality Communications Guidance

Workforce profile

The Workforce Profile helps the Council meet the requirements of The Equality Act 2010, General Equality Duty to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • Advance equality of opportunity and
  • Foster good relations

The Workforce Profile is a valuable resource to help monitor the workforce and provide year-on-year benchmarking information to assist workforce planning. The Workforce Profile also supports the Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy Statement and provides intelligence and evidence for the Workforce Development Strategy.

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