Equality Act consultations

The majority of the provisions of the Equality Act came into force in October 2010. The Equality Act provides a modern, single legal framework with clear, streamlined law to tackle disadvantage and discrimination. Not all sections came into law at the same time, and some of the Codes of Practice and guidance are still in preparation. View the Equality Act timeline for more details.

The Equality Act consultations are a statutory requirement and will enable us to create clear and authoritative Codes of Practice and guidance.

There are currently no live consultations.

Draft Code of Practice for Schools in England and Wales

The consultation is now open and will close on 22 April 2011.

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

The new Equality Act is the most significant piece of equality legislation in recent years. It simplifies, streamlines and strengthens the law. It gives individuals greater protection from unfair discrimination and will make it easier for education providers to understand their legal responsibilities. It also sets a new standard for public services to treat everyone with dignity and respect.

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).

This Code sets out clearly and precisely what the legislation means. It draws on precedent and case law and explains the implications of every clause in technical terms. The statutory code will be the authoritative source of advice for anyone who wants a rigorous analysis of the legislation's detail. For lawyers, advocates and human resources experts in particular, it will be invaluable.

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 is now open and will close on 22 April 2011.

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)

If you require access to the consultation in an alternative format, please contact our Helpline to discuss your needs.

During the course of the consultation you will be able to comment on the areas of the code that are relevant to you. We look forward to receiving your response to a number of specific questions set out in the consultation document. A clear and authoritative code will be vital to enable the Equality Act to fulfil its promise: this is your chance to help us get it right.

Draft Code of Practice for Schools in Scotland

The consultation is now open and will close on 22 April 2011.

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

The new Equality Act is the most significant piece of equality legislation in recent years. It simplifies, streamlines and strengthens the law. It gives individuals greater protection from unfair discrimination and will make it easier for education providers to understand their legal responsibilities. It also sets a new standard for public services to treat everyone with dignity and respect.

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).

This Code sets out clearly and precisely what the legislation means. It draws on precedent and case law and explains the implications of every clause in technical terms. The statutory code will be the authoritative source of advice for anyone who wants a rigorous analysis of the legislation's detail. For lawyers, advocates and human resources experts in particular, it will be invaluable.

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 is now open and will close on 22 April 2011.

Downloads

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

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

> Consultation Questionnaire: Scotland (Word)

If you require access to the consultation in an alternative format, please contact our Helpline to discuss your needs.

During the course of the consultation you will be able to comment on the areas of the code that are relevant to you. We look forward to receiving your response to a number of specific questions set out in the consultation document. A clear and authoritative code will be vital to enable the Equality Act to fulfil its promise: this is your chance to help us get it right.

 

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