Our approach to Equalities and how we meet legal requirements under the Equality Act 2010 are explained on this page.
We recognise there are many effects of discrimination and inequality. These are experienced in various ways by different groups of people. We also recognise that some people may experience more than one type of inequality at the same time.
The council has adopted the statement below as an example of discrimination, although it is not intended to be absolutely definitive:
“Unfair or unequal treatment of people on the basis of race, colour, national and ethnic origin, culture or faith, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, disability, physical, sensory or learning impairments, mental health problems, HIV status, income or age.
Southampton is a vibrant and diverse city. The council is committed to working towards the removal of discrimination and to achieving equality for residents and communities in the city. This is reflected in the Council Strategy. We aim to put residents and customers at the heart of everything we do, while reflecting the city’s diversity.
Our Equality Policy confirms the council’s long standing commitment to work towards the elimination of discrimination.
An overview of the city's diversity and the key equality issues has been published in our Equalities Profile. This brings together key information from various sources into one place. There are other sources of information on our Statistics page.
Equality and Safety Impact Assessments
We use Equality and Safety Impact Assessments (ESIA) to ensure that all the protected characteristics are considered when key decisions are made.
Hate crime and harassment