Equality for Cumbria is based on the following definitions:

Equality is about everyone having the same chances in life and getting the same access to the services they need.

Diversity is about understanding and respecting people's different needs and aspirations. 

We cannot achieve equality without addressing diversity.

  • Services and partnerships having clear information about Cumbria's diversity profile to inform public services; 
  • People who have an experience of discrimination being involved in shaping public policy in Cumbria;
  • Commissioning and prevention work tackling structural inequalities; 
  • Employment outcomes demonstrating the benefits of a proactive approach to Equalities;
  • COVID-19 recovery actively addressing structural inequalities, including those caused by socio-economic inequality

As part of the council's commitment to improve employee engagement and feedback from staff we have established a range of Staff Groups that give staff a voice to:

  • Consider and challenge new ideas and initiatives
  • Promote equality and fairness throughout the organisation
  • Discuss topics that are important to them