The Council's vision statement on Diversity and Equality is to "Promote equal life outcomes for all by tackling known inequalities across the borough of Stockport".
The Equality Act 2010, which provides the basic framework of protection from discrimination, victimisation and harassment, came into force from 1 October 2010.
The Act replaces all existing anti-discrimination laws (such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995), and extends protection across a number of ‘protected characteristics’. These are race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity.
The Act applies across services and public functions; premises; work; education; associations; and transport provision.
From 5 April 2011 the public sector equality duty came into force. This contains the general duty (which replaces the previous race, gender, and disability duties) and requires local authorities (and other public sector bodies) to it to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
For more detailed information on the Equality Act and the public sector equality duty, further guidance is available on the Government Equalities Office (part of the Home Office) and Equality & Human Rights Commission websites.
These pages contain the key information and documents which set out the Council's approach to complying with the Equality Act and promoting Equality and Diversity in the borough.