Brighton and Hove City Council less gay-friendly

The Argus: Brighton and Hove City Council less gay-friendly Brighton and Hove City Council less gay-friendly

The city council has crashed out of a list of the nation’s top 100 gay-friendly workplaces.

Last year Brighton and Hove City Council was placed 15th on the Stonewall Top Employers Survey and was the highest ranking local authority.

But this year it has plunged 90 places to number 105, behind three other councils.


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The list is based on the result of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2014, which includes the results of a confidential questionnaire of 9,700 lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

But council leaders in the city slammed the survey as unrepresentative of the work it does to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff are supported.

Penny Thompson MBE, the Brighton and Hove chief executive, said the council’s own research showed LGBT employees speak highly of it as an employer.

She said: “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of Brighton and Hove City Council as an employer which positively impacts on all LGBT staff.

“I am leading from the top as a gay woman and our equality champion is part of the executive leadership team.”

Leader of the council Jason Kitcat said: “The Stonewall Index is not reflective of the huge amount of work that goes on in the council and the community.”

Roy Pickard, chair of the Brighton and Hove City Council LGBT forum, said: “The forum will be working over the next year to understand the feedback from Stonewall and to contribute to an action plan improve its Stonewall rating in the future.”

American Express, the city’s largest employer, was placed 90th on the list and Sussex Police was placed 91st.

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4:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Fairfax Aches says...

oooh lordy!
oooh lordy! Fairfax Aches

5:22pm Thu 16 Jan 14

brightonpip says...

Less than 10000 responses from 300 organizations across the country? Is this considered a representative sample. The story hardly justifies the headline as it makes no effort to explain why the council has got 'less gay friendly' or indeed provide any evidence that it has.
Less than 10000 responses from 300 organizations across the country? Is this considered a representative sample. The story hardly justifies the headline as it makes no effort to explain why the council has got 'less gay friendly' or indeed provide any evidence that it has. brightonpip

5:32pm Thu 16 Jan 14

debthered says...

I have personal experience as a bi-woman who has been discriminated against in recruitment. The Council purports to up hold Equality and Diversity legislation - but it doesn't.
I have personal experience as a bi-woman who has been discriminated against in recruitment. The Council purports to up hold Equality and Diversity legislation - but it doesn't. debthered

5:32pm Thu 16 Jan 14

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5:50pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

"Leader of the council Jason Kitwat said: “The Stonewall Index is not reflective of the huge amount of work that goes on in the council and the community.”

-funny, I seem to remember he had no criticism last year when they were in the top 100. It's a bit too late Mr Kitwat to say there's a problem with Stonewall's process. If the process is "faulty" you should have screamed earlier even if you were within the top 100, or more likely you didn't understand it.

I think this reflects the current administration and how incompetent they all are.
"Leader of the council Jason Kitwat said: “The Stonewall Index is not reflective of the huge amount of work that goes on in the council and the community.” -funny, I seem to remember he had no criticism last year when they were in the top 100. It's a bit too late Mr Kitwat to say there's a problem with Stonewall's process. If the process is "faulty" you should have screamed earlier even if you were within the top 100, or more likely you didn't understand it. I think this reflects the current administration and how incompetent they all are. Take it Personally

7:39pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The council isn't friendly to anyone, it's not just a gay thing.
The council isn't friendly to anyone, it's not just a gay thing. Maxwell's Ghost

12:49am Sat 18 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
The council isn't friendly to anyone, it's not just a gay thing.
no no your wrong ,they are friendly to the caravan dwellers ,the pavement cyclists ,the non council tax paying students in fact anyone that wants to bring our city to it s knees
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: The council isn't friendly to anyone, it's not just a gay thing.[/p][/quote]no no your wrong ,they are friendly to the caravan dwellers ,the pavement cyclists ,the non council tax paying students in fact anyone that wants to bring our city to it s knees whatevernext2013

1:55am Sat 18 Jan 14

brightonpip says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
The council isn't friendly to anyone, it's not just a gay thing.
no no your wrong ,they are friendly to the caravan dwellers ,the pavement cyclists ,the non council tax paying students in fact anyone that wants to bring our city to it s knees
Oh f off you tedious twunt
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: The council isn't friendly to anyone, it's not just a gay thing.[/p][/quote]no no your wrong ,they are friendly to the caravan dwellers ,the pavement cyclists ,the non council tax paying students in fact anyone that wants to bring our city to it s knees[/p][/quote]Oh f off you tedious twunt brightonpip

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