Closed consultations

In this section you will find details of earlier consultations on aspects of the Equality Act 2010 that have now closed.

Draft Code of Practice on Further and Higher Education

This consultation ran from 1 October until 31 December 2010

The purpose of the draft Code of Practice on Further and Higher Education is to explain the new statutory provisions to further and higher education providers.

The Code will help to ensure that the law is applied consistently by lower courts and tribunals, and will also help to make the law accessible to a wider audience, such as those who have obligations and those who have rights (or their representatives).

The consultation gave people the opportunity to consider and comment on whether:

  1. The structure of the draft Code was helpful in guiding providers on which parts of the Act covers different areas of activity.
  2. The Code provided the right amount of explanation of the new provisions and the harmonised provisions of the Act.
  3. There were any sections of the Code that were particularly unclear or hard to follow.
  4. The balance between explanatory text and examples was about right.

As we drafted this Code we were acutely aware that it should reflect the needs, expectations and language of the people who are going to use it. This public consultation was not only a statutory requirement but it also an essential part of the drafting process. A clear and authoritative Code is vital to enable the new Equality Act to fulfil its promise.

Now that the consultation period has ended we are incorporationg submissions to inform the final drafting of the Code before it is laid before Parliament.

Consultation downloads

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email:  fhecop@equalityhumanrights.com 

Draft Codes of Practice for Employment, Equal Pay, and Services, Public Functions and Associations

On 12 January 2010 we opened the consultation on the draft Codes of Practice for employment, equal pay and services, public functions and associations. This consultation was to make sure that the Codes clearly explain the new law and interpret it correctly.

The consultation closed on 2 April 2010

These documents have now been amended and laid before Parliament. The revised versions can be found in the Codes of practice section.

Draft non-statutory guidance for employment, services and education

The Commission consulted on draft non-statutory guidance in the areas of employment, services, public functions and associations, and education. We produced two versions of each set of guidance, one aimed at people relying on the law to protect their rights and the other at those who have responsibilities under the law. The purpose of the consultation was to ensure that people are able to understand and use this new law. The consultation closed on 16 April 2010.

We have now published new sets of guidance in line with the Equality Act. You can view the new guidance here

We’d like to thank all those organisations and individuals who have contributed to the consultation process.

Draft Code of Practice for Schools in England and Wales

The consultation closed on 22 April 2011. Now that the consultation period has ended we are incorporating submissions to inform the final drafting of the Code before it is laid before Parliament.

As part of the Equality Act, the Commission hosted a public consultation on the draft Code of Practice for Schools in England and Wales.

In line with our statutory powers, the Commission is producing this Code of Practice for Schools to explain the new provisions as set out in Chapter 1 of Part 6 of the Act. The Code will help to ensure that the law is applied consistently by lower courts and tribunals, and will also help make the law accessible to a wider audience, including those who have obligations and those who have rights (or their representatives).

We see it as very important that this Code should reflect the needs, expectations and language of the people who are going to use. That is why the formal public consultation is not only a statutory requirement but an essential part of the drafting process.

The consultation closed on 22 April 2011. Now that the consultation period has ended we are incorporating submissions to inform the final drafting of the Code before it is laid before Parliament.

Downloads

> Draft Code of Practice for schools: England and Wales (Pdf)

> Draft Code of Practice for schools: England and Wales (Word)

> Consultation Questionnaire: England and Wales (Word)

 

Draft Code of Practice for Schools in Scotland

The consultation closed on 22 April 2011. Now that the consultation period has ended we are incorporating submissions to inform the final drafting of the Code before it is laid before Parliament.

As part of the Equality Act, the Commission hosted a public consultation on the draft Code of Practice for Schools in Scotland.

In line with our statutory powers, the Commission is producing this Code of Practice for Schools in Scotland to explain the new provisions as set out in Chapter 1 of Part 6 of the Act. The Code will help to ensure that the law is applied consistently by lower courts and tribunals, and will also help make the law accessible to a wider audience, including those who have obligations and those who have rights (or their representatives).

The consultation closed on 22 April 2011. Now that the consultation period has ended we are incorporating submissions to inform the final drafting of the Code before it is laid before Parliament.

Downloads

> Draft Code of Practice for schools: Scotland (Pdf)
> Draft Code of Practice for schools: Scotland (Word)
> Consultation Questionnaire: Scotland (Word)
 

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