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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 Community Cohesion Policy and Equality Plan sets out how we will do this. 

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