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Equality Act 2010: The public sector Equality Duty: Promoting equality through transparency. A consultation. - Closes 10/10/2010

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Open date:             19 August 2010

Closing date:             10 November 2010

The Equality Act 2010 received Royal Assent in April 2010.  An important part of the Act is the public sector Equality Duty, which has a key role in ensuring that fairness is at the heart of public bodies’ work and that public services meet the needs of different groups.  The Act also gives ministers the power to impose specific duties, which are legal requirements designed to help public bodies meet their obligations under the public sector Equality Duty.

This consultation seeks your views on our proposals for draft regulations for the specific duties and the list of public bodies that will be subject to the general and specific duties.

This consultation will be of interest to:

  • public bodies;
  • those monitoring the performance of public bodies;
  • others who perform public functions; and
  • organisations that are interested in how public services can eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations.

Comments from other interested parties are also welcome. 

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Joined: 09/03/2009

Disability discrimination in the Equality Act 2010


The Equality Act 2010 received Royal Assent on 8 April and implementation of the majority of the Act will begin on 1 October 2010.

The Act will deliver improved protection from discrimination for disabled people as part of strengthened and streamlined discrimination law. Amongst the new areas of protection for disabled people are:

  • protection from discrimination that occurs because of something connected to a person's disability ("discrimination arising from disability")
  • protection from discrimination that happens because of a person's association with a disabled person, or because a person is wrongly perceived to be disabled
  • protection from disability-related harassment in respect of access to goods and services and in larger private clubs.

For more information on the Equality Act visit the Government Equalities Office website<.

Consultation on guidance about definition of disability in Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 is a new piece of legislation that will replace the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

The Equality Act includes the legal definition of a disabled person who is protected from discrimination. This definition is slightly different from the definition used in the DDA. It will make the law easier to understand.

Because of this change, the government is updating the guidance that helps people to understand how the definition works. We have published draft guidance that reflects these changes and a consultation document, which asks for your views. We are seeking views on whether the draft guidance will help people understand the definition of disability.

We are particularly interested in views from organisations (such as courts and tribunals) that will use the guidance when deciding whether someone is a disabled person. It will also be of interest to people and organisations that give advice about the Act.

The consultation closes on 31 October 2010.

If you would like these documents in audio or Braille please email<<

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RADAR deeply concerned by plans to abolish Specific Equality Duties

RADAR is extremely concerned that the Coalition Government plans to do away with the drivers towards disability equality. Discrimination and inequality is deeply entrenched in society – it blights the lives of disabled people in Britain. The Specific Duties require public bodies to be proactive, with the involvement of disabled people – and supports them to have due regard to eliminating disability-related discrimination and harassment and promoting disability equality.

Our good practice guide ‘Lights, Camera, Action'< demonstrates that, rather than creating a bureaucratic burden, not only have the Duties helped public bodies to deliver improved outcomes for disabled people, but also to reap benefits from better organisational performance, improved efficiency and higher satisfaction rates from service users, employees and other stakeholders.

The Duties have empowered disabled people and disability groups to hold public bodies to account. The resulting two-way dialogue and joint working have placed disabled people at the heart of policy making and service development. The crux is that transparency and accountability exist from the beginning, not as an afterthought through the publication of data.

Liz Sayce, Chief Executive of RADAR, said:

"Nothing about us, without us’ means effective involvement of disabled people right from the beginning. It helps public bodies deliver services that meets the needs of disabled people, and avoids creating waste. Instead of abolishing the duties to action planning, impact assessing, and involving disabled people, the Coalition Government should hold these up as a model for Big Society."

"We do not share the optimism of the Coalition Government that public sector professionals will do the right thing. Whilst some organisations will continue to build on the good work that they have been doing in the last few years, many others will fail to deliver disability equality without the steer that comes from the existing duties."


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Equality Act 2010: The public sector Equality Duty - Promoting equality through  transparency - Government response.

Towards the end of last year you kindly sent us a response to our consultation on the secondary legislation needed to support effective implementation of the new public sector Equality Duty in the Equality Act 2010. A total of 373 responses were received, each of which have been considered by the Government Equalities Office and have informed the final draft regulations that form the outcome of the consultation.

On 12 January Lynne Featherstone, Minister for Equalities, announced that the Public Sector Equality Duty would come into force on 6 April 2011. On the same day the Government Equalities Office also published:

  • a summary of the responses received to the consultation on the specific duties we carried out during the autumn.
  • draft specific duties, which have been revised to take account of the responses we received.
  • a draft order which adds specific public authorities to Schedule 19
  • a short Quick Start Guide for public bodies to help them prepare for the new duty.

In addition, a suite of guidance was published by EHRC and is available on their website. The guidance includes an essential guide to the Duty, and a set of thematic guides on equality analysis, engagement, setting equality objectives and equality information.

All of these documents and a copy of the draft regulations are available here:<