Our equality policies and equalities legislation

Our equality policies and equalities legislation

Our equality policy and government legislation that we follow

Our equality policy

Our equality policy and strategy sets out our commitment to equality and diversity, and how we will:

  • tackle equalities issues
  • aim to eliminate discrimination
  • create good relationships between communities in Bristol
  • ensure those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities

Our Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy (pdf, 2.1MB) (opens new window)  sets out how we will do this. 

The Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy was updated in 2018, informed in part by an independent review of our equality and diversity function:

For accessible versions of the policy and strategy see our:

Annual Progress Report

The Equality and Inclusion Annual Progress Report 2019-20 shows what we have done in the period April 2019 to March 2020 to achieve the aims of our policy and strategy, and the progress we have made.

Equalities Legislation

Equalities legislation gives organisations rules about how equalities groups should be treated and guidance on how to implement these rules. 

Equalities Act 2010 

The Equality Act 2010 brings together separate equalities legislation into one Act. It provides legal protection for people in the workplace and in wider society from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. 

It includes:

  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Protected Characteristics 

The Equality Act 2010 also sets out nine protected characteristics or equalities groups.

The Act provides protection if you experience discrimination because of your:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) 

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) which is set out in the Equality Act 2010 says that public bodies must aim 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 

Environmental Access Standards

Our Environmental Access Standards (pdf, 1.9MB) (opens new window) shows how to design the built environment so that its accessible for everyone. 

The standards take into account local expectations of good accessible design and national changes in technical, legal
and governmental guidance to promote Best Practice in environmental design.