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The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the basis of their 'protected characteristics', which are:
The Act replaced nine pieces of equality legislation such as the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The Equality Duty supports good decision making by ensuring public bodies consider how different people will be affected by their activities, helping them to deliver policies and services which are efficient, effective, accessible to all and which meet different people's needs. It imposes a duty on the Council to have due regard to the need to:
These are often referred to as the three aims of the general duty.
The Equality Act explains that the second aim (advancing equality of opportunity) involves, in particular, having due regard to the need to:
The Equality Duty is supported by specific duties, which require public bodies
The Council meets this specific duty requirement through publication of the following:
For further statistical information about Coventry, please visit: Facts about Coventry.
Read our Gender Pay Gap report.