This means ensuring that all our workforce, residents and visitors are treated fairly and are given the same, as much as reasonably possible, life chances. One way of achieving it is through provision of equal access to the services and employment opportunities we offer.

However, it is important to understand that equality is not about treating everyone in the same way, as people have different needs that may need to be met by considering individual circumstances.

Therefore, the council takes positive action, wherever possible, to design and deliver services based on the specific needs of a segment of our community, for example, people with disabilities or older people.


Diversity is about recognising and championing individual differences of our workforce, residents and visitors. Diversity is closely linked to equality as it is through understanding and valuing differences between the people of Portsmouth that equality can be furthered.

Our commitment to equality and diversity

The Local Strategic Partnership’s Vision for Portsmouth is for the city to be perceived as:

‘The premier waterfront city, with unrivalled maritime heritage – a great place to live, work and visit’.

Promotion of equality and championing Portsmouth’s diversity are an integral part of this vision.

Equality diversity and inclusion strategy 2024-2027

The strategy sets out Portsmouth City Council’s approach to improving equality, diversity and inclusion over the four-year period (2024–2027). It is based on the Local Government Association (LGA) Equality Framework for Local Government 2021 (EFLG) and outlines how the council plans to improve in each of its four modules to initially progress from its current level of developing to reach achieving level, as part of a longer-term aim to gain a rating of excellent level. The strategy was developed in consultation with officers across the council and was informed by research and engagement with residents through surveys and two workshops.

The Strategy continues the council’s commitment to ensure the diverse needs of Portsmouth’s residents and visitors are considered and addressed in the day-to-day activities of the council.

Download the EDI strategy.

Reasonable adjustment strategy

Portsmouth City Council is committed to making sure the way we work does not place people with disabilities at a disadvantage. You can read our reasonable adjustments policy statement here.