Equality information, public sector duty and monitoring
Equality Act 2010
The Act brings together for the first time all the legal requirements on equality that the private, public and voluntary sectors need to follow.
It replaces all the existing equality law including:
- The Equal Pay Act 1970
- The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
- The Race Relations Act 1976
- The Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The Act introduces the term “protected characteristics” for groups who may be discriminated against because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.
Public Sector Equality Duty
As part of the Equality Act, a new public sector equality duty came into force on 5 April 2011. This means that we must carry out a range of general and specific duties.
The general duty requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The specific duty requires public authorities to publish information annually to demonstrate how we have used our evidence base to have due regard to the aims of the general duty.
Our evidence base includes:
- equality plan and objective
- facts and figures across the county
- our performance
- performance and improvement in adult social care, health and public protection
- children, families and cultural services business plan 2014 - 2016
- strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
- workforce statistics report [PDF]
- equality impact assessment archive.
We are committed to ensuring that our services are accessible to everyone. To find out if we are being effective in achieving this aim, we need to know who is, and who is not, using our services.
We do this by asking service users and employees to let us have their equality data. More information can be found in the monitoring guidelines document below:
To find out more, please contact our Equality Officers via firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Nottinghamshire County Council
Tel: 0115 9773187