In the exercise of the functions of the Practice we will have due regard to the need to:

    • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.

    • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

    • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

    • This involves:

    • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.

    • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.

    • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.The equality duty covers the nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.   The Practice will also have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination against someone because of their marriage or civil partnership status.


    • We will take account of disabled people's disabilities.   We will endeavour to foster good relations, tackle prejudice and promote understanding between people from different groups.   Complying with the duty may involve treating some people more favourably than others.

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