Northumberland County Council has been named one of the best employers in the country for workplace equality.
The authority is listed 19th in the Workplace Equality Index, published by charity Stonewall, up from 103rd position last year. It is ranked fourth in the local government category.
Since 2005, more than 800 major employers have taken part in the Index.
Coun Robert Arckless, who sits on the equality steering group, said: “I am very proud to see where Northumberland County Council has been placed.”