What is the Equality Act?

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), along with a range of other discrimination laws, was replaced by the Equality Act 2010 on 1 October 2010 in England, Wales and Scotland. The DDA is still in place in Northern Ireland.

The Equality Act 2010 is designed to protect people from unfair treatment and to create a more equal society. The Act brings together a range of anti-discrimination laws that have been passed over the last 40 years to make it easier for people to understand their rights and challenge discrimination.

Further information can be found on our Equality Act 2010 web page, and in our Equality Act factsheet and Toolkit:

If you need further help or information please contact our Helpline:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission can also provide guidance and give information on the Equality Act 2010 for customers, employees and service providers.

The Government Equalities Office website also has information on the Equality Act 2010.

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