People should feel welcome, safe and respected when dealing with the council, regardless of their sexual orientation, whether as a member of the public or as an employee. At the same time, the council respects the sensitivity of an individual's sexual orientation and the importance of maintaining a high level of confidentiality.
In practice this is done through updating personnel polices and systems, encouraging openness and respect, and providing equalities training courses to staff and partners (information on training can be found on the equalities training page).
The duties placed on the council currently stem from the Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) (Wales) Regulations 2011. These regulations require the council to have a Strategic Equality Plan in place which covers sexual orientation issues alongside many other protected characteristics. This council's plan can be found on the relevant page in this equalities section of the website.
The Council works with partner organisations in order to raise awareness amongst its elected members, staff members and other partners of sexual orientation issues and ensure that its policies and practices are free from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
1 Cathedral Road
Tel: 02920 237744
Fax: 02920 237749
Bi Cymru Wales
Tel: 07982 308812 (text only)
Workplace Equality Index
The Council has joined Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme and will be submitting its first Workplace Equality index submission by September 2013.
Same-sex partners can register themselves as civil partners and get every right and responsibility that straight couples get when they marry. The legislation allows same-sex partners the same next-of kin rights, tax and inheritance rights, pension rights and rights in relation to the other partner's children.
The civil ceremony can be arranged anywhere that has a licence for civil services. For further information about civil partnerships go to our Registering a civil partnership webpage.