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Equality, Diversity & Protected Characteristics

Wirral Equality, Diversity and Protected Characteristics Report (Due Feb 2023)


The Equality Act came into force on 1st October 2010. The Equality Act brought together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they made up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of these protected characteristics:

  • age

  • being or becoming a transsexual person

  • being married or in a civil partnership

  • being pregnant or on maternity leave

  • disability

  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin

  • religion, belief or lack of religion/belief

  • sex

  • sexual orientation

You’re protected from discrimination:

  • at work

  • in education

  • as a consumer

  • when using public services

  • when buying or renting property

  • as a member or guest of a private club or association


Regional Content

CHAMPS: JSNA Protected Characteristics and Equality Profile 1 - Demographics Update (October 2021)

A number of the JSNA leads from across Cheshire & Merseyside and the North West have collaborated to develop this series of Protected Characteristics Profiles. The documents provide an overview of how various health and wellbeing issues affect each of the population groups listed within the Equality Act 2010. 


National Content

Office for National Statistics: Census 2021

Pregnancy and/or maternity leave were not Census questions, and so information on this protected characteristic is not available here.

Office for National Statistics: Inequalities data audit: focus on ethnicity

This report takes a first look at the outcome of an audit of UK inequalities data on the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act (2010). A focus on ethnicity data is also included.

Office for National Statistics: Equalities data audit

An audit of UK data on the protected characteristics specified in the Equality Act 2010.

House of Commons Library: The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments (July 2022)

This briefing outlines the Public Sector Equality Duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires public authorities to have due regard to several equality considerations when exercising their functions.


Further Content

Wirral Council Workforce Equality Report 2020/21

A requirement of the Equality Duty 2010 is for the local council to publish information relating to people affected by council policies and decisions. You can read more about how the Local Authority carries out its duties across Adult Social Care, children and young people, regeneration, finance and workforce via Wirral Council's Equality Act 2010 page