Equal opportunities information

The council is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. Our aim is to treat all our customers, employees and prospective employees with integrity, respect and consideration.

As a major employer in Bracknell we aim to ensure that individuals are recruited, trained and promoted on the basis of ability, job requirements, skill, and other objective criteria.

All applicants and employees will always be dealt with impartially and on objective criteria so no individual or group is disadvantaged.

What is discrimination?

Discrimination involves treating someone less favourably because of their particular characteristics.

In law, discrimination takes four forms:

  • direct discrimination
  • perception of discrimination
  • discrimination by association
  • indirect discrimination

Please see GOV.UK for information about these types of discrimination and what you can do if you feel you are being discriminated against.

Equal Opportunities Legislation

The Equality Act 2010 came into force in October 2010. It strengthens equalities legislation by abolishing and consolidating previous legislation and directives.

The Act places a legal duty on the council to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not
  • foster good relations between those with a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 outlines the specific duties that the council is required to meet to demonstrate its compliance. To show our compliance with this law the council publishes:

  • annual equality information
  • an Equality Scheme to outline its objectives for reducing inequalities in the borough
  • an  Equality Scheme Action Plan which states what the council wants to achieve in terms of equality and diversity

Our Policy

Our aim is to encourage:

  • the development of better employment opportunities in the council, available to everyone
  • a better environment for improving employment practices and flexibility in business and management approaches 

Equality Advisory & Support Service

The Equality Advisory & Support Service (EASS) is a national organisation that advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights. Their website includes information and resources about your rights under the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998.

They are an accessible and inclusive service which means they can support a wide variety of different languages and are also able to provide advice to deaf members of society through their partnership with the Royal Association for Deaf people.

The EASS helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm and is free from landlines and most mobiles.

EASS contact details

Freephone Telephone: 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084

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