Rising to the challenge of the equality duties

The Equality Bill represents the biggest change to equality legislation in a generation. As we await the Bill it is important to assess the impact of the current legislation, especially the positive equality duties placed on public authorities between 2001 and 2006.

These duties put an obligation on public authorities to promote equality rather than an obligation on individuals to challenge discrimination after the event. This survey shows that the duties are delivering real benefits. Concerns that they add more burdensome process on the public sector are unfounded. Engagement with the duties has brought practical, on the ground change. Public bodies are building on this to widen and deepen the positive impact on people's lives.

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