Diversity and Inclusion

Trust Position Statement

Legal Requirements  

The Equality Act 2010 was the most fundamental overhaul of UK anti-discrimination and equality legislation ever. The two main purposes were:

  1. To strengthen and harmonise discrimination law
  2. Strengthen the law to support progress on Equality

The Act goes a long way towards harmonisation but differences remain in how different Protected Characteristics are addressed. The Act provides the same levels of protection from discrimination across all the Protected Characteristics and all sectors. The Act streamlined, simplified and consolidated approximately 116 pieces of separate equality legislation

The Act places a duty on public sector organisations.

It outlaws direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation of people with a number of protected characteristics:

 Age

 Gender

 Disability

 Sexual orientation                                               

 Religion and belief

 Race and ethnicity

 Disability

 Pregnancy and maternity

 Marriage and civil partnership

To read the latest WMAS Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report, please click Annual Report version 2019