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Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act (2010) brings together and extends duties covered under previous legislation to protect the same groups of people. Different types of disability are now called protected characteristics.
"The Equality Duty has three aims. It requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.”