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Equality and Diversity

The Equality Act 2010 (the Act), which harmonised and replaced previous equalities legislation come into force on 5 April 2011. The Act placed a general equality duty on public authorities to pay due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination;
  • Advance equality; and
  • Foster good relations across the range of protected characteristics.


The general equality duty expanded the range of those protected under equality legislation to include the following protected characteristics of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. The equality duty also covers marriage and civil partnerships, with regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination in employment.

Joint Staffing Watch Headcount Figures

  • March 2015 JSW Headcount - 7018
  • March 2014 JSW Headcount - 7091
  • March 2013 JSW Headcount - 7179
  • March 2012 JSW Headcount - 7147

Richard McQueen explains the Mainstreaming Equality Report 2013–2017 in British Sign Language (BSL)

Mainstreaming Equality Progress Report 2015