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Equality and Diversity Information

Equality of opportunity and valuing diversity is at the heart of everything that Bedford Borough Council does.  All our policies, service plans, practices and procedures will reflect and incorporate this objective.

In providing services and in employing staff the Council aims to give equal opportunities, treatment, and access to everyone and will recognise and value difference.

No individual or group of people will be treated less favourably than anyone else in applying for services, for a job or for a contract with the Council because of their:

  • age
  • colour
  • disability
  • ethnic origin
  • marital status
  • nationality or national origin
  • race
  • religious or political beliefs
  • responsibilities for dependents
  • gender
  • gender re-assignment
  • sexual orientation
  • trade union activity
  • unrelated criminal convictions
  • involvement in public service


The Council will work with the community to identify and seek ways of overcoming barriers which prevent them from using Council services.

In putting this policy into action, the Council will work to make its services accessible to all sections of the local community.

The Council will take positive steps to encourage job applications from underrepresented sections of the community. The Council is aiming to have a workforce which at all levels fully represents the community.

More information associated with this mission statement can be found on the Council’s Equality and Diversity webpage.