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The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010


In October 2010 the new Equality Act 2010 came into force. The Act brings together the laws against discrimination, on any grounds, into one piece of legislation with the aim of simplifying their application. The Act identified the nine protected characteristics which are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

The Act consists of a number of general and specific duties and makes clear that when carrying out its operations the Service and its employees (and any other business and its employees) must give due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation or any other conduct prohibited by the Act in relation to the protected characteristics
  • Advance the equality of opportunity between all persons
  • Foster good relations between groups of people sharing protected characteristics and those that do not

You can read more about the Equality Act 2010 on the Home Office Website at

You can also view the Act in full online at

Our Equality Duties

The Equality Act 2010 set out a number of duties that we, as a public sector organisation, had to carry out to ensure that equality issues became a part of day to day work. These duties include:

  • Eliminating harassment, victimisation and any other discriminating conduct
  • Advancing equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not
  • Publishing compliance information and statistical information about the services employees and the communities we serve
  • Producing measurable objectives and reporting on the work towards achieving them

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