The Equality Act 2010 contained a new integrated public sector Equality Duty, which came into force on 5 April 2011.
The duty brings together the original duties on race, gender and disability and extends to cover gender reassignment, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and pregnancy and maternity. It requires public bodies to have due regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not, with the aim of making society fairer.
Specific duties that will help public bodies to meet the general duty require the department to:
- publish information to demonstrate our compliance with the general Equality Duty by January 2012 and annually thereafter, including information relating to their employees and others affected by their policies and practices who share a protected characteristic
- publish equality objectives by April 2012 and every 4 years thereafter
Equality monitoring for the department and respective transport agencies