Equality and Diversity

Shetland Islands Council is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and good community relations. Shetland’s community statement contains the following statements:

  • We’ll seek to create fulfilling, well paid jobs for all, whatever their talent
  • Foster confident, thriving communities across Shetland
  • Promote justice and equality, here and overseas
  • Expand knowledge, extend opportunities and improve access

Shetland Community Planning Partnership is committed to promoting equalities and all Community Planning Partners have committed to embedding equalities in their service delivery.

The Equality Act 2010 puts new responsibility put on Local Authorities regarding Equality and Diversity.

The Equality Act 2010

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

The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises legislation to provide Britain with a discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.
Under the Act there is a single public sector duty covering eight protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

The Act also:

  • Strengthens disabled people's protection from discrimination
  • Protects people from discrimination by association and perception
  • Introduces Positive Action in recruitment and promotion which gives greater scope to address deficits in the workforce
  • Strengthens the powers of employment tribunals
  • Strengthens the protection for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers

Other Information

Please see our Council's Equality and Diversity Policy here for further information

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