Council shines in Stonewall top 10
Newcastle City Council has been ranked as one of the best employers in the country for its commitment to equality and diversity according to Stonewall, the national LGBT (lesbian, gay and bisexual and Transgender) charity.
The Council has been placed 9th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2018 which is a leap of 29 places from last year. The free to enter index looks at how employers support their LGBT staff in the workplace and ranks the best top 100.
All too often lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not supported to be open about who they are in the workplace which can not only impact on an employee’s performance but ultimately on their health and wellbeing
Newcastle City Council Leader Cllr Nick Forbes said:
“I’m absolutely delighted with our place in this year’s Stonewall Index. This is our highest position to date and we are honoured to be ranked as one of the top 10 most LGBT friendly organisations in the country.
"We have clearly demonstrated that equality is at the heart of our values and I am so proud of our staff who have worked tirelessly to make a real difference to people’s lives. We will be doing our best to improve our ranking even further in the future.”