Within Southend

Our Diverse Community

We deliver a wide range of services to increasingly diverse communities that make up Southend.

  • there are 179,800 residents in 74,700 households
  • 92% are white (compared to 86% nationally)
  • 18.7% of our community are aged over 65 (16.4% nationally). Of those over the age of 65 to 56% are female (ONS 2013 mid-year estimates)
  • 59.8% of our community are aged between 18 and 64 (ONS 2013 mid-year estimates)
  • 20% of our community have a registered disability (compared with 17.5% nationally)
  • we have slightly more women than men who live in the town (ONS 2013 mid-year estimates)
  • 13% of our communities come from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (including White Irish and White Other) communities (2011 Census)
  • over 100 different languages are spoken in our schools

Further statistical data and analysis about our community can be found in our Southend Insights section.

Supporting our LGBT Community

We want to help raise awareness and provide support to our workforce and partners about challenges faced by the lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender local community.  This is done in partnership with our LGBT Staff Diversity Forum, OUTreach. 

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has recently been awarded a place in the prestigious Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality Index.  The index is an annual assessment of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.  In total, 434 employers submitted entries across the public, private and third sectors. The Council ranked 5th among local authorities who took part in this year’s index and ranked 79th overall.

We are committed to working with our partners to do all that we can to tackle hate crime and discrimination, and ensure that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are not tolerated within our workforce or community.

For more information please visit the Day Against Homophobia website or contact the Policy and Performance Officer for Inclusion.

Diversity Monitoring

As part of our commitment to equality and diversity we include diversity monitoring questions on questionnaires, recruitment forms, and other paperwork. The different groups that we ask information about reflect the nine 'protected groups' identified by the Equality Act 2010. These are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Asking about these areas helps us to make sure we are engaging with all sections of the community. We can't change things without your help.

For more information about diversity monitoring information, and why it is so important, please see Stonewall's Equality Monitoring booklet.

Equality Analysis

An equality analysis is a way of assessing the impact of decisions relating to a policy, service function or restructure on residents, staff and customers, particularly those with protected characteristics.

We use equality analysis to help us improve our council services, and make sure that we do not discriminate against any sections of our community as far as possible, minimise any negative consequences and maximise opportunities for promoting cohesion between local communities.

An analysis gives us the chance to identify any negative or adverse impacts and redesign our services to meet customer needs, making sure that different groups are served equally. By understanding and meeting the needs of different people we can meet needs better, ensure transparent decision making and target resources more effectively.

When undertaking an Equality Analysis, we also consider:

  • carers
  • socioeconomic factors
  • community cohesion
  • intersectionality

We welcome feedback as an opportunity to change and improve. Please contact us with feedback or for further information.

Page last updated: 26/10/2018