Cardiff's Labour Council is failing LGBT staff

The council failed to make the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index Top 100 Employers.

By Nigel Howells, Jan 24, 2019 5:01

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Cardiff's Labour administration is is letting down the Council's gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans staff after it failed to make the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index Top 100 Employers.

For six years, Cardiff Council refused to participate in the survey, until repeated pressure from Liberal Democrat Councillors persuaded them to submit an application in 2018. That application failed and, despite commitments offered by the Labour Council, the latest attempt failed once again.

Under the Lib Dem administration, we were ranked No 38 in the UK in 2011. That recognised the fantastic work we were doing to reduce homophobia in schools and amongst young people.

Labour withdrew from the survey in 2012 and we are paying the price for that complacency.

We need to know that the Labour Cabinet is taking this seriously. Have they met Stonewall? Have they been proactive in finding out why we’re failing to make the grade? How serious is their commitment to LGBT issues?

Cardiff Council is one of the largest employers in Wales. When you see one of our key partners, Cardiff University, reaching a fantastic 11th place in the Index, it is embarrassing how far off the pace we have fallen.

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