This guidance concerns the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010. Section 6(5) of the Act enables a Minister of the Crown to issue…
This guidance concerns the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010. Section 6(5) of the Act enables a Minister of the Crown to issue guidance about matters to be taken into account in determining whether a person is a disabled person.
The definition of disability for the purposes of the Act is a legal definition and it is only adjudicating bodies which can determine whether a person meets that definition. In the vast majority of cases there is unlikely to be any doubt whether or not a person has or has had a disability, but this guidance should prove helpful in cases where the matter is not entirely clear.
This guidance is primarily designed for adjudicating bodies which determine cases brought under the Act. However, the guidance is also likely to be of value to a range of people and organisations as an explanation of how the definition operates.
This guidance applies to England, Wales and Scotland. Similar, but separate, guidance applies to Northern Ireland.
Date: Tue Jan 17 16:21:41 GMT 2012