Tower Hamlets is the best LBGT place in London to work, according to the campaign group Stonewall. The borough was top in London in the Local Government category in Stonewall’s annual listings and came in third overall in the UK. Leicestershire County Council came first and Newcastle City Council followed second.
Stonewall’s Top 100 employers showcases the best firms and organisations for LGBTs when it comes to equality and inclusiveness. The listings are now in their thirteenth year. Chief Executive Ruth Hunt says they are “reaching more people than ever before”. She congratulated the winners and added: “You are at the forefront of driving LGBT inclusion in the workplace and we are incredibly proud to work with you.”
Stonewall say that this year over 430 employers took part and a record , 91,248 responses were received to the staff feedback questionnaire .
One organisation in the borough was singled out for particular praise. Tower Hamlets Homes, the largest provider of housing services in the borough, was ranked 12th and overall the council was ranked 43rd best employer in the country.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs told the council: “I am proud Stonewall has recognised the work Tower Hamlets Council and Tower Hamlets Homes are doing to support or LGBT workers.” He paid tribute to the borough’s diversity and the “strong tradition of welcoming people from different backgrounds”.
The LGBT flag is currently flying at Tower Hamlets Town Hall in support of the borough’s victory.
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