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January
2013
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Council retains top 100 spot on equalities index


Leeds City Council has retained its place in the top 100 Stonewall Equality Index this year.



The list showcases Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.



The council has ranked 74 out of 100 alongside large multinational companies such as IBM and MI5 and the Cooperative.



Over 370 organisations made a bid to be featured in the top 100 Stonewall Equality Index with the benchmarks for inclusion being raised. It has been the toughest year yet to enter the coveted top 100 rankings of the campaign group’s annual index.





Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council said:



“It is fantastic news that we have remained in the top 100 of the Stonewall Equality index and further cements our work towards making Leeds an LGBT City.



“The fact we remain on this list shows how much hard work is put into making equalities a top priority both by the excellent team leading this work, but also by all our employees whose differences are welcomed and valued in the council.



“The council continues to remain committed to recognising equality within the organisation and ensuring it is at the forefront of what we do."





Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive said:



"Every employer in the Top 100 has performed impressively. These results are significant as it’s just ten years since we won vital legal protections for gay people in the workplace. Britain's 1.7 million gay staff and 150,000 gay university students can now confidently use the Index to select a welcoming employer, or look further, safe in the knowledge that they are protected from discrimination."





ENDS



For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk