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Medway Council recognised for LGBT support

by Marco Cillario Thu 10 March 2016, 4:59 pm

Medway Council has been rated among the best employers in the country for the way it supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.

The authority was included in Stonewall’s Top 100 list, published on 19 January 2016 and which highlights the best places to work for LGBT people on its Workplace Equality Index 2016, an annual audit of workplace culture and equality.

The criteria forming the basis of the rating includes policies and practices linked to training, engagement and career development.

Medway Council was 93rd out of 400 organisations to have applied for a spot. The authority is now a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The council’s LGBT Forum is among the initiatives supporting LGBT staff. It challenges negative attitudes and behaviour, providing a platform for confidential discussion. 

“Medway Council and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year,” said Ruth Hunt, chief executive at Stonewall.

“We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement. I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception.”

Neil Davies, the council’s chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I am very proud of all our staff who have helped to create the positive culture and work environment we have here. We are very pleased to have made the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list and we will continue to support gay, lesbian, trans and bisexual members of staff.”

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