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Explanation of the terms and the council's commitment


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 and diversity strategy 2019-2022

This Strategy sets out our aims of making Portsmouth a fairer and more inclusive city and the means of their delivery. We are working closely with our partners from local public services, businesses and voluntary organisations to achieve these.

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 Equality & Diversity 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.