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Diversity and inclusion

The House of Commons is committed to being an inclusive employer. At the House of Commons we aim to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience that they bring to work. Our aim is to be representative of the society we serve. This means making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination. All staff deserve, and should expect, to be treated with respect for who they are and what they do. This treatment should be consistent and inclusive. Inclusivity means not excluding people on the grounds of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity, or any other irrelevant attribute.

Our diversity and inclusion strategy includes:


– Thriving workplace equality networks

Supporting LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual and questioning) staff

Raising awareness of disability issues, and progressing disability equality objectives

Focusing on the key gender equality issues affecting staff across Parliament

Increasing awareness and appreciation of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage issues in Parliament

– Diversity training for staff and managers, including mandatory training

– Regular equality impact assessments and training.

- Annual Diversity and Inclusion awards

– Facilities for prayer and contemplation

– Partnerships with:

The lesbian, gay and bisexual charity.

Building disability-smart organisations.

An organisation created to help employers develop an inclusive workplace.

Where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced – and where people value and look after their hearing.

The diversity and inclusion scheme is part of a strategy to help everyone understand our rights and responsibilities and to take forward the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. Click on the links below to read more: