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Equality Act 2010 and the Public Duty

 

The Equality Act 2010 introduced the Single Equality Duty for public bodies and incorporated previous statutory duties including race, gender and disability which were introduced to improve equality outcomes for these particular groups.

The Equality Act 2010 refers to "protected characteristics" which are:

  • Age                   
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

The Equality Duty requires the force to show that in the decision-making processes, in service delivery and in our employment practices, we have had due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

We are required to publish Equality Information annually and  review our Equality Objectives at least every four years