Stonewall Equality Index

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3681
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What measures do you have in place to ensure the Greater London Authority does not rank 278th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2014 as it did last year?

Answer

Answer for Stonewall Equality Index

Answer for Stonewall Equality Index

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am confident that the GLA is addressing the workplace needs of LGBT staff. The 2013 Staff Survey, which had an 88 per cent staff response rate, found LGBT staff views are in line with or more positive than the GLA norm.

The GLA has established a staff LGBT network which has met every one to two months since August 2013 and has a Senior Management Sponsor. The network has promoted and participated in external LGBT professional and social networking events, and is working with other LGBT networks to identify good practice. The network has not yet raised any specific organisational issues that the GLA needs to address to provide better support for LGBT staff.

That said, we continue to work to ensure the GLA is a diverse and inclusive environment for all staff. Through our Equalities Taskforce, about which you have been briefed at the Assembly's Oversight Committee, key action plans to address equalities issues are being taken forward. Initiatives in the last 12 months include:

       Promoting LGBT campaigns through our internal communications including :-London Pride and the Rainbow Laces Campaign. 

       Updated Dignity and Inclusion training which specifically covers sexual orientation

       Introducing Public Sector Equality Duty training which helps staff understand how the duty can be applied to their area of work to meet legal requirements and deliver the best results

       An Inclusive Leadership programme launched to senior managers to prompt discussion about inclusive workplace behaviour.