Equality and diversity

South Norfolk Council believes that discrimination in any form is unacceptable and aims to comply with relevant legislation and codes of practice.

We are committed to promoting equality and giving equal life chances for all.

We aim to ensure that no user of our services suffers detriment, disadvantage or unequal treatment.


Our aims

We want South Norfolk to be a place where all people thrive – physically, mentally, socially, spiritually and economically.

We aim to ensure we deliver good quality, cost effective services that meet the needs and aspirations of residents, service users, employees and visitors.

We will address the needs of people who have traditionally faced discrimination, or received less favourable treatment based on their age, disability, gender, gender identity, race and ethnicity, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership. These are known as protected characteristics.


Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 gave a formal requirement for all local authorities to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This requires local authorities to consider all individuals when carrying out their day to day work.                   

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Download our Equalities Statement (PDF, 6.11 mb)


Disability confident scheme

South Norfolk Council has been awarded the Disability Confident standard. We are committed to working with the Job Centre and the Department of Work and Pensions to support and promote disabled people in the workplace. This includes:

    • Ensuring our recruitment process is free from discrimination and available through a range of channels
    • Making job advertisements accessible including providing information in accessible formats if required
    • Offering an interview to those candidates who have a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role (detailed in the job description)
    • Making reasonable adjustments as required.