For the second year running Northumberland County Council has been listed in the top 100 employers in the country for its commitment to equality and diversity by Stonewall, the national lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity.

The authority is now at number 34 in the ranking, climbing from 86 last year, with the results aimed at celebrating those companies who are leading the way in making workplaces more inclusive.

Patrick Price, lead manager for equality, diversity and inclusion at the council said: “We are absolutely delighted and very proud. This is testament to the hard work carried out across the council.

“Our employees are at the heart of everything we do.”

Kelly Angus, executive director of human resources and deputy chief executive of Northumberland County Council said: “We take great pride in being an inclusive organisation and are committed to tackling inequality of any kind. It is wonderful to see we are in good company, and are celebrated with the best in the country.”

Throughout February the council will be supporting LGBT history month by flying the rainbow flag at County Hall and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service headquarters at West Hartford.