Equality, diversity and inclusion

Diversity recognises that, though people have things in common with each other, they are also different in many ways. Inclusion is where those differences are seen as a benefit, and where perspectives and differences are shared, leading to better decisions.

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At the heart of local government is the need to ensure everyone is treated equally, with dignity and has fair access to resources and opportunities. This is also true of our local government workplaces.  

Local government wants to workplaces that have the correct working practices, cultures and behaviours to provide innovative, supportive, and interesting places to work that allow employees to fully engage in our work and help communities to thrive.

The business case for good Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practice in the workplace is compelling. Employing and engaging with people who have a range of different backgrounds, experiences and ideas increases creativity and leads to better problems solving and decision-making. Put simply, fairer organisations perform better. 

This page brings together the range of support and resources to support local government on their workforce EDI priorities. 

Additional resources 

Equality Framework for Local Government

LGA Guide – How to be more inclusive

LGA Workforce Survey

LGA ERU employment law guides

External resources

Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) – Managing Diversity and Inclusion at Work report which highlights touch points in the employee life cycle that may contain barriers to equality and practical recommendations. 

Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) – Excellence in diversity and inclusion