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Equality North East

The Equality Act: one year on

In October 2010, the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) marked the arrival of the most important piece of anti-discrimination legislation in forty years.

The EqA repealed the vast majority of the UK's existing anti-discrimination provisions and, in doing so, set out to achieve two bold aims: firstly, to consolidate and simplify the existing law and, secondly, to strengthen the law to improve equality.

Just over a year on, it is clear that the EqA has achieved much success with its first aim. It has brought together over 100 separate discrimination measures, and harmonised them as far as possible through a new concept of 'protected characteristics'. These encompass all the old grounds on which discrimination was prohibited including disability, sex, race etc.

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November 15, 2011

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