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Our Equality Duties

We follow the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010 to protect against discrimination.

The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.

  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant characteristic and those who do not share it.

Public Authorities are required to have 'due regard' to the aims of the general equality duty when making decisions and setting policies. 'Due regard' for advancing equality involves:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.

  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people with certain protected characteristics where these are different from the needs of other people

  • Encouraging people with certain protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

For more information go to -

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-equalities-office

http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1363

Published: 21 Sep 2017
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