Borough council improves work environment for LGBT equality

Published: Thursday, 21 January 2016

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights charity has announced that Northampton Borough Council has made a significant improvement on last year’s Work Place Equality Index.

The Stonewall Workplace Index is the benchmark of the council's performance against best practice employers in relation to LGBT equality and the Borough Council has jumped up 94 places.

Northampton Borough Council is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among its workforce as well as eliminating unlawful discrimination. It wants its workforce to be representative of its communities and customers and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

Councillor Mary Markham, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said, “This is positive feedback for the Borough Council and shows we have a good equality and diversity working environment. We’re still not at the top so there is some more work to be done to increase our rating, but this is a real improvement and it gives us a great platform to work from.”

Stonewall is an LGBT rights charity in the United Kingdom named after the Stonewall Inn of Stonewall riots fame in New York City's Greenwich Village. Now the largest LGBT rights organisation not only in the UK but in Europe, it was formed in 1989 by political activists and others lobbying against section 28 of the Local Government Act.