Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 received Royal Assent after completing its parliamentary process. The Act replaces the previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. It has simplified the law, making it easier for people to understand and comply with it. The Act strengthens the law in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality.
What has changed?
The Equality Act 2010 replaces the three previous public sector equality duties for race, disability and gender. The new equality duties cover the following protected characteristics:
The Equality Act 2010 has two main purposes - to harmonize discrimination law and to strengthen the law to progress on equality.
The statutory general duties state that, in carrying out Companies House public functions, due regard should be paid to:
These are referred to as the three aims or arms of the general equality duty. The Act helpfully explains that having due regard for advancing equality involves: