This describes the wealth of different characteristics and experiences that people bring to our communities and that define people as individuals. We embrace diversity by recognising and understanding the characteristics that make people who they are and strive to ensure that no one is disadvantaged because of them. In particular we seek to ensure people are not disadvantaged by characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.