Equality, diversity and human rights

Bury Council is working 'to lead, shape and maintain a prosperous, sustainable Bury that is fit for the future'. Mainstreamed throughout everything we do to achieve this vision are the principles of equality, diversity and human rights.

The Council provides leadership in the community and services to all people who live and work the borough. We are also the largest and most significant employer in Bury. As such we are committed to providing fair and accessible services to meet the needs of all our diverse communities, and to being an employer of choice for everyone.

This not only meets our moral and legal obligations, but managed positively it helps us to be more efficient, effective and equitable. We also aim, by valuing and championing diversity and cohesion, to lead the way in good practice and set an example for others to join us.

Bury Council' has developed an equality vision of 'a cohesive society which values and embraces people's different needs, abilities, situations and goals, and promotes fair opportunities for people to live and flourish in the way that they would choose'.

The Council has a generic approach to equality issues, but within that particularly recognises the equality characteristics of race, disability, gender, gender reassignment, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership and caring responsibilities.

The Council is proud to have signed up to the Team Bury Equality Charter which illustrates our commitment to equality and diversity and sets out how we will strive to build a fairer Bury together.

Further information and support

Please contact us for further information. Alternatively you can contact the Council's Spokesperson for Equality, Councillor Trevor Holt (t.holt@bury.gov.uk). Councillor Holt's role involves supporting and promoting the interests of people from all the various equality groups (race, disability, gender, gender reassignment, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership and caring responsibilities).

For support with issues relating to organisations other than the Council, please contact the Equality Advisory & Support Service. EASS is a free helpline which can advise you should you face an incident of discrimination. They can advise you on your rights under the Equality Act and also work with you to find an informal way to resolve your complaint of discrimination. They can be contacted on 0808 800 0082, via textphone 0808 800 0084 or by visiting their web site: Equality Advisory Service.

Equality Strategy and Objectives 2016-2020

Bury Council published its Equality Strategy in March 2016. The Equality Strategy outlines our equality objectives, and provides a framework to ensure that we have due regard for the needs of all of our employees and residents, regardless of their background or circumstances.

This will help us to further improve our equality performance and also to ensure that we meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010, and associated Public Sector Equality Duty.

Progress against our equality objectives will be reported on annually.

Human rights

Bury Council is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and human rights. We aim to always protect and preserve the rights and freedoms that belong to all individuals regardless of their nationality and citizenship. We believe that human rights are fundamentally important in maintaining a fair and civilised society. This is in line with the Human Rights Act 1998, and the 16 rights and freedoms it upholds.

Contact for Equality and Diversity