Equality Act 2010
The new Equality Act simplies and integrates equality legislation and extends protection to nine protected characteristics based on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The Public Sector Equality Duty, known as the 'General duty' requires all public service providers to have 'due regard' to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups.
- Foster good relations between people from different groups.
As a Council, we are required to consider equality and diversity in everything we do and to play an important part in working towards the life chances and opportunities for all local people. This includes the need to provide services which have been planned and delivered around people's needs and to represent value for money on behalf of people of Sandwell.
The specific duty requires that we:
- Have 'due regard' to implement the 3 requirements of the general duty (as above)
- Identify Equality Objectives
- To publish equality information, and
- Assess the impact of our policies on employees, service users and schools