Everyone should be able to make the most of the rich culture and sport around the country
Government recognises six strands of equality and diversity:
- sexual orientation
- religion and belief
In addition, there are legal duties on public authorities for race, disability and, from April 2007, gender.
The Department is required to show how it meets these duties through the publication of equality schemes and impact assessments.
- DCMS Equality Scheme 2007 - 2010
- DCMS Equality Scheme 2007 - 2010 easy-to-read summary
- Secretary of State’s Report on Disability Equality - December 2008
- Secretary of State’s Report on Disability Equality - December 2008 easy-to-read version
- Equality Commission for Northern Ireland Public Authority Annual Progress Report 2006 - 2007
- DCMS Equality Scheme 2006 - 2009: Annual Report on Progress
This scheme incorporates our race equality scheme, disability equality scheme and Northern Ireland scheme.
More information about the duties can be found on the websites of:
We will continue to develop this scheme and welcome your views and suggestions.
DCMS Diversity and Equality stratergy 2008 - 2011
Employment Related Information
- Equality and Diversity - Employment-related information (PDF 44kb)
- Equality and Diversity - Employment-related information (RTF 214kb)
Equality Impact Assessments
From December 2006 the Department has introduced an equality impact assessment (EIA) toolkit and guidance covering all six strands. Details of proposed EIAs can be found in our equality scheme. All completed EIAs and race equality impact assessments (REIAs) will be published here.
- Cultural Olympiad
- Heritage Protection Bill and white paper
- Lottery Shares 2009 REIA (Word 112kb)
- Transformation Programme
- Digital Switchover (PDF 171kb)
- Tourism (PDF 200kb)
Minty and Friend - Involving Disabled People in the DCMS Disability Action Plan
The DCMS published a combined Equality Scheme in December 2006 covering race, equality and gender. The department involved its own diversity network, which includes disabled people, in developing the scheme. However, they were less successful in involving external disabled stakeholders.
The organisation Minty and Friend, a consultancy specialising in disability issues, was commissioned to help us with this. The issues identified in their discussions with disabled people have been incorporated into our revised Equality Scheme.