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Equality and Diversity

The new public sector Equality Duty came into force from 6 April 2011. It consists of a general equality duty which is set out in the Equality Act itself and specific duties.

The aim of the general equality duty is to make equality part of the day-to-day business of councils. It has three objectives:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act.
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a characteristic and those who don't.
  • foster good relations between people who share a characteristic and those who don't.