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Equality and Diversity

Babergh and Mid Suffolk know that some people can experience discrimination and disadvantage, as employees and as service users.

It can be more difficult for people to get access to employment and services because of who they are or their particular situation.

The Equality Act 2010 protects people on the basis of nine 'protected characteristics' to ensure that everyone really does receive a fair chance of employment and use of services.

The protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment 
  • Marriage and civil partnership 
  • Pregnancy and maternity 
  • Race
  • Religion or belief 
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation 


Babergh and Mid Suffolk wants to, and must by law, take account of how these characteristics affect opportunities to access its services and employment.

Any matter involving unfairness arising as a result of a person’s protected characteristic(s) is considered an 'equality issue'.

Under the Equality Act the Council has a duty in everything that we do as an employer and service provider, to take account of the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.


Contact Details

Karen Coll, Corporate Business Improvement Manager

Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX

Phone: 01449 724566


Disability Forum

In Mid Suffolk we have a Disability Forum.


Further information

Equality Duty