An introduction to the Equality Act 2010

A new Equality Act arrived into drive on one October 2010. The Equality Act brings with each other over 116 individual pieces of legislation into just one single Act. Merged, they make up a new Act that offers a authorized framework to defend the rights of men and women and progress equality of option for all.

The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to deliver Britain with a new discrimination regulation which guards men and women from unfair treatment and encourages a good and much more equal modern society.

The nine major pieces of legislation that have merged are:

    • the Equivalent Spend Act 1970
    • the Sex Discrimination Act 1975
    • the Race Relations Act 1976
    • the Incapacity Discrimination Act 1995
    • the Work Equality (Faith or Perception) Restrictions 2003
    • the Work Equality (Sexual Orientation) Restrictions 2003
    • the Work Equality (Age) Restrictions 2006
    • the Equality Act 2006, Element 2
    • the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Restrictions 2007


There are even more factors in the Act that did not arrive into drive in October 2010, but could do in the long run. We await updates from the Govt on these developments. Illustrations are:

    • Duty to make affordable adjustments to widespread elements of leasehold and commonhold premises and widespread elements in Scotland
    • Provisions relating to auxiliary aids in faculties
    • Diversity reporting by political events
    • Provisions about taxi accessibility
    • Prohibition on age discrimination in solutions and public functions
    • Civil partnerships on spiritual premises

Features of the Act that will not be coming into drive:

    • Dual discrimination: the government has determined not to carry this into drive as a way of lowering the cost of regulation to enterprise.
    • Socio-economic inequalities less than the Community Sector Equality Duty