The Equality Act 2010, which consolidates all previous anti-discrimination laws and reconciles most of the differences between them, places a statutory duty on public authorities, known as the Public Sector Equality Duty.
This consists of a general duty and specific duties.
The general duty requires that public authorities and those who exercise functions on their behalf should have due regard to the need to:
eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited under the Act
advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
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