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The general duty

The general equality duty is made up of three aims which state that a public authority must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to:

  1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; this means:
  • removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by persons who share a relevant protected characteristic that are connected to that characteristic
  • taking steps to meet the needs of persons who share a relevant protected characteristic that are different from the needs of persons who do not share it
  • encouraging persons who share a relevant protected characteristic to participate in public life or in any other activity in which participation by such persons is disproportionately low
  1. Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; this means:
  • tackling prejudice
  • promoting understanding