Equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances. Equality is not about treating everyone in the same way, but it recognises that their needs are met in different ways.
Equality focuses on those areas covered by legislation, namely the nine 'protected characteristics' of
Diversity is about valuing individual difference. So 'diversity' is much more than just a new word for equality. A diversity approach aims to recognise, value and manage differences in order to make the council a better place for everyone.
North Devon Council is committed to promoting equality and diversity by aiming to: