Equality, diversity and inclusion

Promote equality, celebrate diversity, improve social inclusion and ensure fairness for everyone.

Our vision is to be leading the field in our approach to equality and diversity in our workplace, inclusive service delivery and tackling disadvantage in the communities. 

Including everyone: Equalities, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework

In October 2020, our cabinet approved our new Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework: Including Everyone (pdf format, 4.5Mb). This is a joint framework with Cherwell District Council and is important for us in honouring and protecting the diverse strengths of individuals and in building inclusive communities.

An easy read version of our Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Framework: Including Everyone (pdf format, 2Mb). 

Equality and Climate Impact Assessments (ECIAs)

The Equality Act (2010) states that public bodies, including councils, need to take extra steps to stop discrimination: this is known as the Public Sector Equality Duty. The Public Sector Equality Duty means that we must consider equality as part of our daily business, in particular: 

  • We need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • We need to advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.  
  • Foster good relations between people who share protected characteristics and those who do not. 
  • Set and publish equality objectives at least every four years. 
  • Publish information, at least annually, to show how we comply with the Equality Duty including information about employees and to people who are affected by the public body’s policies and procedures.

Visit our Fairness and Equality at Work webpage for more information. 

There are nine protected characteristics:

  • age
  • disability (including invisible disabilities)
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race including ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

We will assess the impact of budget or service changes on these groups and mitigate against negative impacts. We also go further and consider the impact that our decisions have on people living with social deprivation, in rural communities, those leaving care, carers and those in our Armed Forces community. We do this by undertaking Equality and Climate Impact Assessments (ECIAs) which will be published as part of our committee papers.

Information on Oxfordshire's residents, including by protected characteristic, can be found at Oxfordshire Insight and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.