This guide is one of a series written by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) to explain how public authorities can meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 (the Act). The Act brings together all previous equality legislation in England, Scotland and Wales. The Act includes a new public sector equality duty (the equality duty), replacing the separate duties relating to
race, disability and gender equality. The equality duty came into force on 5 April 2011.