Combating discrimination and promoting equality as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice
Today, the main provisions Equality Act 2010 (the Equality Act) are brought into force by The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 4, Savings, Consequential, Transitional, Transitory and Incidental Provisions and Revocation) Order 2010 (Commencement No. 4 Order). The purpose of the Equality Act is to both strengthen and harmonise existing equality legislation, previously spread across numerous statutes and statutory instruments, into a single comprehensive piece of legislation. Some notable developments coming into force today are:
The following, and arguably some of the most innovative, Equality Act provisions are not being brought into force today:
Whilst certain of these provisions, including the prohibition of dual discrimination and the unified public sector duty, are scheduled to be brought into force in April 2011, the Coalition Government continues to consider its approach to other provisions such as those imposing the duty related to socio-economic inequalities. ERT will continue to advocate for the full enforcement of the provisions not covered by the Commencement No 4 Order.
To read the Equality Act 2010, click here.
To read The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 4, Savings, Consequential, Transitional, Transitory and Incidental Provisions and Revocation) Order 2010, click here.