Equality improvement priorities

Our Equality Improvement Priorities Summary 2018 - 2020 (PDF 775KB) set out what we are going to do to continue to remove and reduce barriers that may prevent some people from fully participating in the social, cultural, political and economic life of the city.

This document sets out our approach to embedding equality and explains where we are focusing our attention and why we want to continue to make changes and improvements. Our Improvement Priorities also outline how the council will meet its legal duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

A full list of our Equality Improvement Priorities 2018 – 2022 and performance indicators/ measures we will use to assess how well we are doing is also available on this page.

Equality and Diversity Update 2017 - 2018

Each year we prepare an annual report that summarises our actions and progress on each of our Equality Improvement Priorities. A copy of the annual report for the period 2017 – 2018 (PDF 1.14MB) is available on this page.

Equality and Diversity Policy

A copy of our Equality and Diversity Policy is available in the Documents section of this page.

Workforce Profile

A copy of our council workforce profile as of October 2015 is available on Leeds Data Mill.

External Peer Challenge: Reaccreditation to excellent

Leeds City Council’s commitment to equality received an ‘excellent’ rating of the Equality Framework for Local Government from the Local Government Association (LGA).

A group of external peer assessors validated the council’s approach to equality in November 2015. The Council have received feedback that the peer assessment team were ‘ impressed by what it saw and had no hesitation about awarding the ‘Excellent’ level to Leeds City Council and looks forward to working with the council in the future to help the rest of the sector continue to meet diverse needs and address inequalities'.

The peer assessors identified a range of notable strengths and recognised the council were able to demonstrate that by focussing on the needs of individuals they have improved service provision whilst at the same time achieving its budget targets. The peer assessors also stated that they felt that the council are able to sustain their approach to equality as they have strong foundations, with strong leadership at elected member and officer levels. The strong relationships which the council has with a range of community groups and organisations were also identified as extremely positive.

A copy of the narrative and stories that formed a key part of the submission are available in the documents section of this page.​​​​​​​​​​​​



Equality and Diversity update 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality and Diversity update 2018.pdf1448820pdf
Equality Improvement Priorities Summary 2018 to 2022https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality Improvement Priorities Summary 2018 to 2022.pdf769274pdf
List of Equality Improvement Priorities and measures 2018 to 2022https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/List of Equality Improvement Priorities and measures 2018 to 2022.pdf594585pdf
Equality and Diversity Update 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Annual Report 2016 Final version.pdf1444301pdf
Equality Action Planhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality Action Plan.pdf2300990pdf
Equality and Diversity Policy 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality and Diversity Policy 2016.pdf665011pdf
Equality and Diversity Update 2017https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality and Diversity Update 2017.pdf1199575pdf
Equality Framework Narrativehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality Framework Narrative 2015 LCC_final(LGA).pdf727183pdf
Equality framework storieshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality framework stories.pdf3491187pdf

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