Council keeps place in top 100 Stonewall index

Leeds City Council has retained its position in the top 100 Stonewall index for the fourth year running.

The council was ranked 76 out of 100 alongside companies such as Barclays, Ministry of Defence and Aviva amongst many others.

The Stonewall top 100 employers 2014 is the definitive list of Britain's most gay-friendly workplaces in the UK, and with over 365 companies making a bid to be part of the list this year, there was plenty of competition.

Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council’s chief executive said:

“It is a real achievement to retain our position in Stonewall’s top 100 equality index and it further recognises our work towards making Leeds an LGBT friendly city.

“As a council we see equality and diversity as a key in all that we do.”

Cllr Alison Lowe, Leeds City Council lead member for crime and community safety

“It is fantastic news that we have retained our top 100 spot for the fourth year, and especially when the competition has become so much tougher.

“We remain fully committed to equalities at the council and will continue our good work to ensure we keep our position in the Stonewall Index.”

Simon Feeke, head of workplace at Stonewall said:

“Congratulations to Leeds City Council for their performance in the 2014 Workplace Equality Index.

“With the most demanding criteria to date, every employer securing a position in the Top 100 has performed impressively. In a tough economic environment, where employers need all of their staff to perform to their full potential, the Index remains a powerful tool for giving employers a strong competitive edge and attracting the best staff – regardless of their sexual orientation.”

For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk