Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know?


The Equality Act brings together nine separate pieces of legislation into one single Act simplifying the law and strengthening it in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality.

Implementation of the majority of the Equality Act will begin on 1 October 2010. Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know? is a series of summary guides and "Quick Start" guides to the key changes in the law, produced by the Government Equalities Office in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce, Citizens Advice, ACAS and the Equality and Diversity Forum, to support implementation of the Act. These simple guides set out clearly what the new laws will mean for business, the public sector, the voluntary sector and the public, helping people understand their new responsibilities and rights in the work place and when providing or accessing goods or services.

The public


Voluntary and community organisations

Private Clubs and Other Associations

Businesses who provide goods and services

Public sector

British Sign Language (BSL) versions

Welsh language versions available

To order any of these publications in hardcopy, please send a request to GEOPublications@geo.gsi.gov.uk.

If you have read any of the above guides, please let us know what you think by filling out a brief Equality Act 2010 Guidance Questionnaire.

You can view the press release here and also find out more about accessing the PDFs on this website here.