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Wigan Council
People Services - Workforce Resourcing
Town Hall
Library Street

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Equality and Diversity

Our vision is to create a place which is comfortable within a modern, diverse and changing world; that celebrates and makes constructive use of our differences; without fear, enabling those who live, work, study and volunteer in the borough to make a positive contribution;  where everyone is heard, valued and respected; and that welcomes learning and change.

Our Aproach
Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their full potential.  It is not about treating people the same, but recognising that everyone has different needs, which need to be met in different ways.

Wigan Council acknowledges that, in many aspects of society, people may
experience discrimination and prejudice that can lead to the creation of barriers that limit people’s chances and, their quality of life.

The Council has the responsibility to uphold the right of each employee to be judged on merit and competence, regardless of age, disability, race, sexuality, gender, faith or class.  The council will fulfil this responsibility by promoting equality of opportunity through its employment policies, practices and service delivery arrangements; making Wigan Council a great place to work.

Positive About Disability
Since 1994 Wigan Council has been accredited with the Two Ticks disability symbol.  Two Ticks is a recognition given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.

Equality Standard
In 2008 Wigan Council achieved level 3 status in accordance with the Equality Standard for Local Government. The work around the standard has proved to be an important driver for cultural change within the organisation.

What do our employees think?
The opinions of our existing employees are valued and our most recent employee survey (2008) revealed that over 79% of our employees agreed or strongly agreed that “the council as an employer treats me fairly, with respect and dignity at work” – this is increasing year on year.

Find out more about equality and diversity at Wigan.