Equality peer challenge

As part of the LGA’s sector led improvement programme, local councils and Fire and Rescue Services can take up an offer of a bespoke equality peer challenge using the Equality Framework for Local Government and the Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework.

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How the challenge works

Currently all peer challenges are taking place remotely due to the Covid-19 restrictions. On site visits will resume when Government advice permits.

The peer challenge is in two parts.  This first part is to agree the scope and focus with the organisation. Once agreed it will submit a self-assessment narrative and supporting evidence to the peer team. The second part is the peer challenge itself, which is held over three days. The peer team will meet with a range of internal and external stakeholders. At the end the peer team will deliver a summary of its observations and recommendations to the organisation.  A brief written report will be provided within three weeks of the challenge.

The feedback will not provide any kind of award but will identify examples of good practice as well as areas for consideration and offer recommendations for improvement.

Further information

If you would like to discuss an equality peer challenge please contact your regional Principal Adviser.

If you are interested in becoming one of our equality peers please visit our Become a peer page

Organisations awarded ‘Equality Excellence' since 2010


Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Bristol City Council *

Cheshire West and Chester Council*

City of York Council*

Derby City Council*

Essex County Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council*

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Enfield*

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Lambeth*

London Borough of Tower Hamlets*

Leeds City Council

Leicestershire County Council*

Manchester City Council

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council*

Nottingham City Council*

Rugby Borough Council

Transport for London

Bournemouth Borough Council

City of Wolverhampton Council


Housing organisations

Nottingham City Homes

Golden Gates Housing Trust*

Your Homes Newcastle*

St Ledger Homes*

South Essex Homes*

Northwards Housing*

Bernslai Homes*

Wolverhampton Homes*

Harvest Housing*

Salix Homes*

East Northeast Homes (Leeds)*

Aire Valley Homes*

West Northwest Homes (Leeds)*

Tower Hamlets Homes*

*Award is time lapsed

What others say about the Equality peer challenge

Rugby Borough Council: The first district council to gain the excellent level in March 2014
“Achieving excellence has further reinforced the organisations role as community leader and local partner whilst providing continued confidence to customers that the council is delivering the best services it can, with the limited resources it has available. For Rugby Borough Council the recommendations made from the (peer challenge) will only further enhance the ongoing journey for continuous improvement.”
Wolverhampton Borough Council: Gained Achieving in April 2017 and Excellent in October 2018
“The (peer challenge) provided us with a clear understanding of where the organisation was on its journey and a vision of what challenges needed to be addressed to move the council towards embedding our current practices and building momentum to reach Excellent status.
The process provided the council with a rare opportunity to look at the whole council and highlighted how much excellent work was going on right across the organisation (with regard to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda) that otherwise may have remained unnoticed to the wider audience. Staff were doing a great job, making a real positive difference and just treating it as the norm. The inspection gave the council the opportunity to publicise these activities through the case studies. This also served to make people feel that their contributions were valued.”