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Equality and Diversity

The Equality Act came into force in October 2010 and brought together lots of different equality laws, many of which we have had for a long time. By doing this, the Act makes equality law simpler and easier to understand. The Isle of Wight CCG is committed to meeting all these requirements.

The Public Sector Duty places a responsibility on all organisations that provide a service to the public to demonstrate they have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • 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.

Having due regard means:

  • Removing or minimizing disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

The new duty covers the following nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Public authorities also need to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination against someone because of their marriage or civil partnership status.

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