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.
We have agreed fourteen equality outcomes. These outcomes are not meant to encompass all the work to reduce inequality in the city. Instead they reflect what are considered to be the priorities and form a framework on which we will build our equality agenda. Included within the report on the Equality Outcomes 2017 to 2021 [469kb] is a Statement of Intent that summarises our broader commitment to equality.
As part of the statutory requirement to mainstream equality into planning, service delivery, and performance management, we are also required to publish a Equality Progress Report 2017 [1Mb] on our progress towards meeting the general equality duty every two years beginning in 2013.
The Equality Act 2010 restated that people are protected from discrimination based on the following protected characteristics: