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We're committed to equality

Published: 16 June 2020

We have restated our commitment to equality and diversity in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement.


We have worked to advance equality of opportunity and promote good relations across all communities for many years and have a statutory public sector duty to eradicate unlawful discrimination and advance equality of opportunity.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said:

“We condemn racism and are committed to working to ensure true equality of opportunity exists for all people across Derbyshire and beyond.

“The council regularly meets with people from our black and minority ethnic communities to ensure that we are responding to the issues affecting our diverse communities, whilst making our services more responsive to local people’s needs.

“The peaceable aspects of recent national and international events are helpful in prompting the council to ask if there is more we can do to celebrate diversity and achieve equality for all of those in our communities who might be disadvantaged. Our Diversity and Inclusion Board is already working to identify those areas where progress can and should be made over the coming months and to ensure that we are enabling positive change as there is no room for complacency.”

As a visible sign of our ongoing commitment, County Hall in Matlock will be lit up on Wednesday 17 June 2020.