Equality Act 2010: Services, Public Functions and Associations Statutory Code of Practice
- Equality and Human Rights Commission
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Equality Act 2010 consolidates and replaces the previous discrimination legislation for England, Scotland and Wales. This 'Services, Public Functions and Associations Statutory Code of Practice' covers discrimination in services and public functions as set out in Part 3 of the Act and discrimination by associations as set out in Part 7.
Part 3 of the Act is based on the principle that people with the protected characteristics should not be discriminated against when using any service provided publicly or privately, whether that service is for payment or not. This does not necessarily mean that service providers should treat everybody in exactly the same way; in some circumstances a service provider will need to provide services in a different way to meet the needs of people. The steps that service providers should take to ensure that they do not discriminate are explained in this Code.
Part 7 of the Act covers membership associations as these organisations generally provide services or other benefits to their members, associates or guests.
This is a Statutory Code which means it has been approved by the Secretary of State and laid before Parliament. It does not impose legal obligations. Nor is it an authoritative statement of the law; only the tribunals and the courts can provide such authority. However, the Code can be used in evidence in legal proceedings brought under the Act. Tribunals and courts must take into account any part of the Code that appears to them relevant to any questions arising in proceedings.
There are separate codes covering Employment and Equal pay, listed below.
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