Disability Equality Scheme (Archive)
The Equality Act 2010 harmonised and replaced previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995) with a Single Act.
The information below has been archived and is published for reference only.
The Disability Discrimination Act became law in April 2005. Among its key provisions is a new duty on public bodies to actively promote disability equality (“the general duty”). This duty is similar in concept to the duty to promote good race relations.
The general duty came into effect in December 2006.
Most public bodies/authorities are covered by the general duty; this includes The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
Complying with the General Duty
The goal of the general duty is to promote equality of opportunity. According to the Act, the Trust will while carrying out its functions have due regard to the need to:
- promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and other persons
- eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment
- encourage participation of disabled people in public life
- take steps to take account of disabled persons’ disabilities, even when that involves treating disabled people more favourably than other people.
- In complying with the Act, the Trust is expected to act proactively to fulfil this duty, rather than waiting for complaints or challenges.
Disability Equality Scheme
The Trust has produced and published a Disability Equality Scheme, demonstrating how they will fulfil their duties under the Act. The scheme includes an action plan detailing the steps that the Trust will take to fulfil its obligations. The Trust has to take these steps and report on their fulfilment within three years.
Click here to view the Disability Equality Scheme
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