Our Equality Duties

Stopping discrimination, harassment and victimisation

We follow the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010, to protect individuals from discrimination against people from the following groups, these are known as protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnerships (not for all aspects of the duty)
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sexual Orientation

Having due regard

This is a legal term that means consider and take note of, we have a legal duty to have due regard to the following issues

  • Eliminate (stop or prevent) unlawful discrimination
  • Advance (keep working to improve and promote) equal opportunities
  • Foster (create and maintain) good relationships between people with and without protected characteristics

We publish reports and use these to help us improve our services and policies for those with protected characteristics. You can find these on our statistics pages.

Following the Equality Duty may involve giving some people extra attention, for example, giving elderly people computer training to help them access resources and information that's only available online. 

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