Policy paper

Equality strategy

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The government’s equality strategy sets out our vision for a strong, modern and fair Britain.

Documents

Equality strategy (PDF file - 594kb)

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Detail

The government’s equality strategy sets out our vision for a strong, modern and fair Britain.

It is built on 2 principles of equality: equal treatment and equal opportunity. This means building a society where no one is held back because of who they are, or where they come from.

This strategy sets out the government’s commitment to tackling the barriers to equal opportunities and social mobility. It sets the framework for how equality will be a fundamental part of the government’s programmes across the UK. Some policies that are set out in this strategy will apply across the UK, some to Great Britain only, some to England and Wales and some to England only, depending on the topic.

The legislative foundation, in the form of the Equality Act 2010, applies broadly to Great Britain. Northern Ireland has its own equality legislation.

Within this framework, responsibility for delivery of many public services which are important to achieving greater equality is devolved. However, there are also many areas where responsibility is reserved. The detailed actions in this strategy will therefore be delivered in a manner that is appropriate to the division of responsibilities across the United Kingdom.

Progress report

progress report is now available, describing how our approach to equality, which is based on transparency, local accountability and reducing bureaucracy, is beginning to make a difference across the five key priority areas outlined in the equality strategy.

This strategy sets out how government will work with businesses, local communities, public services, the voluntary sector and others to drive real and sustainable change, and build a fairer society and stronger economy.

Easy read version of the equality strategy. This booklet is about our plan for making equality happen in Britain. The plan is called our Equality Strategy.

This large print version of the strategy sets out how government will work with businesses, local communities, public services, the voluntary sector and others to drive real and sustainable change, and build a fairer society and stronger economy.

This Welsh version of the strategy sets out how government will work with businesses, local communities, public services, the voluntary sector and others to drive real and sustainable change, and build a fairer society and stronger economy.