East Sussex council named in gay-friendly employer list
East Sussex County Council has been named as one of the best employers of gay and lesbian people in the UK.
It came seventh, higher than any other local authority, in the list compiled by gay rights group Stonewall.
The charity rated employers according to criteria which included how they implemented equality issues and supported and engaged with homosexual and transgender staff.
Council leader Peter Jones said he was very proud of the achievement.
He said: "That is a huge achievement and recognition of our positive approach on equality issues and the initiatives that we have carried out over the last few years such as our LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] Staff Forum.
"It is also extremely pleasing to see us break into the top 10 in the index overall, rubbing shoulders with blue chip companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, IBM, Goldman Sachs and Barclays, who are able to use a lot more resources than us to support this issue."
The Home Office was named the most gay-friendly employer out of the 100 firms surveyed. Hampshire Police came fourth and Brighton and Hove City Council was listed eighth.