Equality legislation

The Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 replaces the previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act.  It simplifies the law, removing inconsistencies and making it easier for people to understand and comply with it.  It also strengthens the law in important ways, to help tackle discrimination and inequality.  The Act extends protection to people on the grounds of:

  • Sex
  • Race
  • DisabilityYoung people in Newcastle
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage & Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy & Maternity

What the law requires us to do

Under the Act a new public sector Equality Duty came into force April 2011.  The Duty requires YHN to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

As an ALMO we are not subject to the specific duties.

Meeting the general duty

Our approach to equality and diversity goes beyond meeting legal obligations under equality legislation.  We are committed to embedding equality and diversity throughout YHN to ensure that we are providing fair and equitable services that meet the needs of our customers without discriminating.

We will do this by:

  • Adhering to and achieving key outcomes from our Equality & Diversity Strategy
  • Publishing results of Equality Impact and Needs Assessments (EINA’s)
  • Using the Social Housing Equality Framework (SHEF) as a performance and improvement tool to help self-regulate diversity and equality practice within YHN.

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