Equality & diversity

The Council considers equality throughout all its functions to ensure that all members of the public have equal opportunities to access our services.  We have adopted a number of methods in order to embed equality throughout our services and bring it to the forefront of our decision making.

Equality Scheme

The Council has an Equality Scheme which sets out how we will progress equality and our approach. It is supported by an action plan to work towards achieving our objectives and is monitored by the Equality Officer Group. For more information please:

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)

The council undertakes equality impact assessments (EIA) to identify potential impacts of our policies, services and functions on residents and staff. Our EIA’s are published and available to view below:

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)

District profile

The Forest of Dean District has a population of 84,544 (2015 mid-year estimates, Gloucestershire Inform) living in an area covering 585 square kilometres, with 34,167 (2011 Census, Office for National Statistics) households.

To help our services make informed decisions we need to know about the communities we serve. Inform Gloucestershire provides a comprehensive source of current statistical Information about Gloucestershire districts. They develop a county profile annually. For more details please:

To search for more data on our communities please visit:

Workforce profile

Human Resources prepare a profile of the workforce each year. For more details please: