Equality and Inclusion

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:

  1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  3. 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: 

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • 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

pdf Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups Equality and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021  (466 KB)

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.

Article 2: Right to life

Article 3: Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment

Article 4: Freedom from slavery and forced labour

Article 5: Right to liberty and security

Article 6: Right to a fair trial

Article 7: No punishment without law

Article 8: Respect for your private and family life, home and correspondence

Article 9: Freedom of thought, belief and religion

Article 10: Freedom of expression

Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association

Article 12: Right to marry and start a family

Article 14: Protection from discrimination in respect of these rights and freedoms

For more information on the Equality Act and other key legislation and guidance around

inequalities and health inequalities click on the links below:

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.

  pdf 2018-2021 CCG Combined Equality Objectives (212 KB)

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.

pdf Equality and Health Inequalities pack  (4.87 MB)


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)