We are committed to making the city a welcoming, tolerant and thriving place to live, and an important foundation of that is ensuring everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whatever their background and life choices.
Achieving ‘equality' is not something peripheral to the lives of Salford residents, or just about minority interest groups. It's about the persistent factors which often place individuals and communities at a disadvantage and marginalise them. For example: poverty, old age, disability and exclusion from opportunities in things like educational and employment. Likewise, unless people from different backgrounds can get along together, our streets, neighbourhoods, and the city as a whole are unlikely to prosper. Areas where people feel they don't get a fair chance or are equally treated are less likely to be respectful, welcoming areas. This is a key reason why equality and cohesion are interrelated.
All council services have a direct role to play in making the city a more equal and welcome place, the what the council does section explains this in more depth.
The population of Salford is changing and it is vital that our services understand and respond to that. It’s important to remember that the city has always been home to young and old, and disabled residents as well as established ethnic and faith groups and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities - in short, a diverse Salford is nothing new.