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.

More information: 

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 monitoring

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:

Contact information

To find out more, please contact our Equality Officers:

Nottinghamshire County Council
County Hall
West Bridgford

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