This guidance explains the rule in the Equality Act 2010 that allows a charity to discriminate by limiting the group of people it helps.
The Equality Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of a protected characteristic in a wide range of areas, including employment and the provision of services. There are some exceptions to this, one of which is the charities’ exception. This guidance explains:
- what the Equality Act protects
- how the charities’ exception works in practice
- what charities must do to comply with the Act
- other exceptions from the Act’s prohibitions on discrimination which may be relevant to charities