The Equality Act 2010

The UK Government's Equality Act 2010 replaced the existing equality legislation and consolidates anti-discrimination laws into a single Act. It simplifies the law and removes inconsistencies making it easier for people to understand and comply with. The Equality Act 2010 is law and applies to everyone, both in the public and private sector. It restated that people are protected from discrimination based on the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

A key measure within the Act is the Public Sector Equality Duty which came into force on 5 April 2011. This Duty requires public bodies to be pro-active in tackling discrimination by:

  • eliminating discrimination
  • promoting equality of opportunity
  • fostering good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The Equality Duty is supported by the Specific Duties set out by Scottish Ministers to apply to some public authorities including local authorities.

The specific duties require public bodies to publish information to show their compliance with the Equality Duty as laid out in the following regulations:

  • Equality Outcomes should be reviewed and set every four years. They should be based on evidence and informed by the involvement of equality groups and communities
  • Highlight progress on action to embed equality into day to day practices by reporting on mainstreaming
  • Conduct and publish Equality Impact Assessments annually in reference to any potential impact on the protected characteristics
  • Report on employment data and publish an equal pay statement

Equality monitoring in employment information is available at the following link:

Employee Diversity Information

The Glasgow City Council Equal Pay Policy Statement is available at the following link:

pdf icon Equal Pay Policy Statement [54kb]

Useful Resources

A number of useful summary guides on the Equality Act 2010, Equality Duty and Specific Duties including key changes made by the Act are available on:

Home Office Equalities pages:


Equality and Human Rights Commission: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/advice-and-guidance/new-equality-act-guidance/