Equality and Diversity

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced in October 2010 to replace and simplify over 100 pieces of previous anti-discrimination acts and regulations. On 5 April 2011, the public sector equality duty came into force in England, Scotland and Wales. The duty replaced all pre-existing race, disability and gender equality duties.

The Commission is legally required to meet the general equality duty as an employer and as an organisation that carries out public functions. The Commission is not identified in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, and is therefore exempt from specific duties.

The promotion of equality and diversity concerns everyone, and it is the responsibility of all members of the Commission’s community. All members of the community have a responsibility to ensure that the Commission continues to be an inclusive, welcoming, safe and productive environment. The Equality and Diversity Policy outlines the Commission’s commitments, and how we intend to deliver them.

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