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.
Find out more on the Equality Act at the Government Equality Office website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities/equality-government/
and the Equality and Human Rights Commission website: www.equalityhumanrights.com/legal-and-policy/equality-act/
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 Objectives
View our equality plan and objectives.
Information about our communities used to identify equality issues
You can find facts and figures about the county, its people and places.
Information is available on population, on employment and unemployment, on the local economy and patterns of deprivation, opportunity and social need.
How are we doing?
Here you can find information on our performance, including performance on equality issues and information on how we engage with the people of Nottinghamshire
Performance and improvement in Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection
The Local Account is how we report to local people information on our performance and improvement in adult social care, health and public protection.
Performance and improvement in Children, Families and Cultural Services
The Children, Families and Cultural Services Business Plan 2014-2016 is how we report to local people information on our performance and improvement in children, young people, families and cultural services.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
The Local Government & Public Involvement in Health Act (2007) requires local authorities and primary care trusts to work together to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assesment (JSNA) for their area. This is designed to describe the current and future health and well-being needs of the local population.
Read the full workforce statistics report for 2013.
Equality Impact Assessments
We are committed to meeting our legal obligations and deliverying fair and accessible services to all. Equality Impact Assessments underpin this commitment and evaluate our services and the way we deliver them.
You can read detailed guidelines about the way we carry out Equality Impact Assessments and view a list of completed Equality Impact Assessments.