Equality & Diversity


“I fully agree with the principle of equality for all. This is fundamental to an open society and clearly there is more to be done, especially in the area of education, as prejudice still exists and can result in great personal hurt and artificial limitations on careers.” 

Council Leader Gill Brown, December 2013

Introduction to equality

Arun is a diverse district, containing a wide mix of ages, abilities, ethnicities and people with many other differential characteristics. Arun District Council is determined to create an inclusive environment and to positively address any issues brought about by this diversity, both as an employer and as a service provider. We are committed to creating an environment where equality of treatment and of opportunity is both accepted and expected for all employees, potential employees, and users of Council services. 


How we can help

Disabled access guides from DisabledGo

DisabledGo have produced a number of detailed access guides for the Arun area.  The guides provide detailed guided maps for popular pedestrian routes, and detailed accessibility information for venues such as restaurants, libraries, council buildings and tourist destinations.  The guides are free to download and use and can assist people when planning trips within the area.  


Website translation services from BrowseAloud

Our website can be translated into multiple languages.  Simply click on the header button  accessibility and translation button then click the BrowseAloud icon to open the menuBrowseAloud icon


Translation services from Vandu Language Services

We are members of a consortium which operates throughout Sussex and enables us to provide translation services for our customers via our contact centre.  If you call us on one of our contact numbers at the bottom of this page, we are able to join a conference call with translation providers who can help us communicate with you.  Please note this service is only available if you call us; currently we are not able to call you back using the translation facility.


Equality of employment

Arun has a commitment to equality of opportunity in employment. If you have a disability which makes it difficult to complete our application form, please contact the Human Resources Department, who will assist you with your application.  You can view a list of vacancies on our jobs page.


Demographics of the Arun area

Population information

We have a population page which contains links to detailed information about the people who live in our area.  You can learn some official statistics about the people in our area, including information about people within some of the nine protected characteristics by reading the most recent Census Factsheet.pdf [pdf] 110KB.

Employee profiles

We publish a report of Gender Pay Data which can be found below:
Gender Pay Data at 31 March 2018.docx [docx] 16KB

The documents below give detailed information about Arun District Council's employee profiles
Equality Monitoring Data 2017.docx [docx] 3MB
The documents below show a summary of Arun District Council's Employment Monitoring Data. The previous year's data is shown for reference.
Recruitment and Selection – Equality Data 2017.docx [docx] 2MB
Please see below a copy of our Facility Time Reporting

Policies and procedures

Arun District Council works hard to ensure we promote respect and equality in everything we do. We have a number of policies in place to ensure this happens and you can read them by clicking the links below.

Equality and dignity at work policies
The Equality Policy.pdf [pdf] 306KB has been endorsed by Full Council. We also have a Dignity at Work Policy [pdf] 95KB
The full text of the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty is available here. 
The document below gives detailed information about the nationally recognised equality strands and how they relate to Arun as a district.
Arun District Council's  Employee Profile 2018.pdf [pdf] 84KB  shows the make-up of people who work at the council.
Pay Policy
Family friendly policies including flexible working, maternity, paternity, parental, shared parental and adoption leave