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Equality Act

The Equality Act legally protects people from discrimination at work and in society in general.

The Act covers nine protected characteristics. For more information, please visit Equality and Human Rights Commission - Protected characteristics

Every person has one or more of these protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment. You can find useful contacts and further information by clicking on the characteristics listed below:

Age

Age UK is the charity formed from Age Concern and Help the Aged.

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Age is an independent local charity with a national name. They work in the local community to help older people live happier, active, fulfilled, and socially-engaged lives in communities around the City, County and Rutland.

Employers Forum on Age (EFA) challenges age discrimination and promotes age diversity in the workplace.

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

GOV.UK - Pensions and retirement planning Practical advice, support and services available through government and voluntary organisations for people aged 50 and over.

UKYOUTH is a leading national charity committed to ensuring all young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Disability

Action Deafness aims to improve quality of life by promoting independence and equality of opportunity for Deaf, Deafened, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people.

Action for Advocacy The website lists independent advocacy information and services to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

The Carers Centre is a Leicestershire based charity and dedicated to supporting family carers who look after people with different needs across the diverse population of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Civil Service Disability Network (CSDN) is dedicated to promoting equality for disabled people in the civil service across the UK.

Disability Rights UK works to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

GOV.UK - Disabled people The page provides services and information for disabled people, including employment, financial support, rights, education, independent living, housing, health and leisure.

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

LAMP specialise in providing mental health advocacy, information and advice services, and work in consultation to help improve and develop local mental health provision.

Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living is a User Led Organisation based in Leicester. It works in innovative ways, based on the social model of disability, to support disabled people at a local, regional and national level, to exercise choice and control for independent living.

MENCAP For people with learning disabilities, with over 400 local groups.

MIND provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Mosaic 1898 are a local Leicestershire based organisation whose mission is to deliver a range of information and services that disabled people want; services that promote inclusion, integration, independence, choice, empowerment, respect and dignity.

RNIB offers practical and emotional support to those that need them, so they can continue living life to the full

Scope UK are working to ensure that disabled people and their families can have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Shaw Trust is a charity in the UK which helps disabled and disadvantaged people into employment and independent living.

Vista is a charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Gender reassignment

Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for the transgender community. They support the transgender community, together with their partners and families, as well as advising and training on transgender issues.

Chameleon Group is a Leicester based social group for the trans community and their families.

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.

Leicester LGBT Centre is a voluntary organisation set up to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Mermaids work to raise awareness amongst professionals and the public about gender nonconformity in children and young people.

Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational organisation which campaigns to achieve equal rights and liberties for all transgender people in the UK, through legislation and social change.

Gender Trust For all those affected by gender identity issues.

TransUnite is an online resource for local support groups.

Marriage and civil partnership

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

Pregnancy and maternity

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

Race

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

Multi Agency Travellers Unit Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland Multi Agency Travellers Unit exists to provide a one stop point of access for the public, business, agencies and Travellers.

The National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups. One of their aims is to promote social inclusion by working with Gypsy and Traveller groups who are socially excluded.

Race Equality Foundation promotes race equality in social support and public services.

The Race Equality Centre is a voluntary organisation which promotes and seeks to implement a racially just, fair and equitable society which will enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Runnymede is the UK's leading independent race equality think tank. They generate intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

Religion and belief

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

Inter Faith Forum for Leicestershire brings together representatives from faith communities (along with other interested individuals and professionals) from across the county.

Leicester Secular Society is the leading organisation in Leicestershire advocating and campaigning for an inclusive and plural society free from religious privilege, prejudice and discrimination.

St Philip's Centre A Leicester based organisation, working to promote better inter faith understanding. 

Humanists UK Humanists are people who shape their own lives in the here and now, because they believe it's the only life we have. They make sense of the world through logic, reason, and evidence, and always seek to treat those around us with warmth, understanding, and respect.

The Inter Faith Network for the UK works to promote good relations between people of different faiths in the UK.

Sex

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

Fawcett Society is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life.

Leicester LGBT Centre is a voluntary organisation set up to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Business in the Community Business in the Community’s (BITC) gender campaign exists to accelerate progress towards a truly equal working world.

Sexual orientation

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Great Britain’s national equality body which has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. They use their unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights.

Leicester LGBT Centre is a voluntary organisation set up to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Stonewall stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere.

LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. They believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential.

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act applies to all public sector organisations, including Melton Borough Council, who are legally required to adhere to the Public Sector Equality Duty. The Duty outlines practical ways in which the authority or organisation can meet its legal obligations under the Equality Act.

The Equality Duty requires public bodies to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not and,
  • foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty, we publish information about our decision making processes, along with the equality data used in making these decisions. 

We have a responsibility to publish equality objectives every 4 years. The four broad objectives are:

  • ensure services are accessible, responsive and appropriate for our community
  • ensure that we engage, consult and communicate in appropriate and accessible ways and empower under-represented groups and individuals to participate in society and at work
  • instil confidence within the community to report, tackle and prevent discrimination, bullying, harassment and hate incidents experienced by people in relation to their protected characteristics
  • be recognised as an employer of choice for people from all communities ensuring fairness and equality of opportunity for all.
Last updated 6 September 2021
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