The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up an Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
The 2010 Equality Acts, Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is set out in section 149 of the Act. In summary, those subject to the general equality duty must have due regard (consideration) to the 3 Aims of the General Equality Duty:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
The 9 protected characteristics are defined in the Equality Act 2010, which states that individuals and groups should not be discriminated against on the basis of these characteristics. The Equality Act protects everyone from discrimination as we all have some of these characteristics
2010 Equality Acts Protected Characteristics
It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
The PSED contains specific duties, organisations subject to these duties must:
- Publish at least every 4 years Equality Objectives
- At least annually report on how the organisation are meeting its PSED and Equality Objectives
Human Rights Act 1998
The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. It incorporates the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic British law. The Human Rights Act came into force in the UK in October 2000.
The Act sets out your human rights in a series of ‘Articles’. Each Article deals with a different right. You can click on each article to find out more information.
For more information on the Equality Act and other key legislation and guidance around
inequalities and health inequalities click on the links below:
- Equality Act 2010
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Social Care Act 2012
- Homeless Reduction Act 2018
- Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms – (Education and Healthcare Plans)
- Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard
Equality and Inclusion Strategy/PSED Objectives 2018 - 2021
The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been working on compiling a first joint Equality and Inclusion Strategy which incorporates the Public Sector Equality Duty Equality Objectives.
The CCGs have engaged and sort feedback on shaping this strategy and objectives, from as wide a range of local groups and organisations as possible, both on the strategy itself and on the four equality objectives which are set out in the strategy. This included seeking feedback from seldom heard groups / protected characteristic groups / inclusion health groups and their representatives.
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG Public Sector Equality Duty Objectives
The purpose of setting equality objectives is to help the CCGs to better perform against the 2010 Equality Acts, Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). Equality objectives help focus attention on the priority equality issues in order to deliver improvements in policy making, service delivery and employment, including resource allocation. Examples include targeted engagement or service delivery.
Public Sector Equality Duty Annual Report
The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies assess their performance on equality and inclusion across the characteristic groups:
Staffordshire CCGs are required to demonstrate and publish how they have met the Equality Acts, Public Sector Equality Duties
Publishing Public Sector Equality Duty Information
View further information about the Equality Act and its general and specific duties, support tools, frameworks and guiding case law principles visit the following websites:
Health, Equality and Population Profiles
The importance of health and demographic data is in its contribution in helping the CCG to better understand the diversity of communities and health specific health needs. Demographic data refers to data that is usually socio-economic in nature such as population size, race, sex, age, income, education and employment, and which represents certain geographic locations.
This data and information can, for example, support and inform the development and commissioning of NHS local services, estimate required funding for services and in achieving better health outcomes. A wide variety of social and health outcomes can be impacted by the level or lack of health and demographic information.
Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)
A number of representatives from a range of minority grops act as critical friends on a whole range of issues.
LEAF meets regularly and advises us on new policies and proposals to ensure we are fulfilling our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. They help us to make sure that we are minimising any barriers to accessing local health sevices. If you are part of an organisation that can support us, please get in touch. Read more about the Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)