Race equality law and guidelines

The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 places a duty on all public bodies to promote equality of opportunity, tackle racial discrimination and promote good relations between different communities. 

There are many practical resources that help organisations appreciate the legal requirements and develop a culture and practical action plan to ensure compliance. 


Effective leadership is vital in developing race equality and culturally sensitive services. 

Support is needed to:

  • Argue the case for racial equality 
  • Identify actions that a leader can take
  • Create and implement clear measures to track change
  • Bring leadership on race equality in a range of environments.

For more information about leadership and race equality, see:

The Equality Act 2010


The Equality Act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination. This includes those with a physical disability, mental health needs, long-term conditions or illnesses, and those who misuse substances. 

The act also provides rights for those associated with the disabled person, i.e. their carers and family members not to be directly discriminated against. In particular it provides legal rights for disabled people in the areas of:

  • employment
  • education
  • access to goods, services and facilities including larger private clubs and land based transport services
  • buying and renting land or property
  • functions of public bodies

Please see Directgov’s analysis of the Equality act.


’There are several reasons for the continuing health inequalities experienced by racialised communities in the UK. They include individual and community factors such as cultural behaviours, social deprivation and exclusion. Also there is the compelling evidence that racism, racial harassment and discrimination can affect a person’s and community’s health and wellbeing.’ 

- The Afiya Trust, ‘Health inequalities & wellbeing’:


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