The society we all live in and the communities we serve are made up of a diversity of people from different age groups, cultures and religions with a range of changing needs and disabilities. In the provision of housing services, and the employment of staff to provide such services, we will seek to ensure equality of opportunity and treatment for all persons.
We are aware of our obligations, and our policies and practices comply with the Commission for Racial Equality Race Relations Code of Practice with regards to the provision of rented and shared ownership housing. They also meet the requirements of both statute and recognised good practice.
We have put in place policies and procedures to ensure that we monitor how we work, eliminate discrimination and promote community cohesion and equality of opportunity. We aim to provide a high standard of service sensitive to differing needs, language or culture.
The concept of equality and diversity is a significant move away from ‘equal opportunities’ which was an acknowledgement that different people had to be given the right of equal treatment. Equality and diversity recognises that difference in itself is an object to be valued. A copy of the Equality and Diversity Statement is attached.