The Equality Act 2010 will replace the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

Implementation The Equality Act was granted royal assent in April 2010 and it will come into force in stages.


October 2010 - The majority of the Act including provisions on discrimination. April 20111 - (Expected) The Public Sector Equality Duty replaces the Disability Equality Duty. September 20111 - (Expected) Extension of the Reasonable Adjustment duty on schools to include auxiliary aids and services. *These dates were set out by the last Government and are yet to be confirmed.

The Equality Act (2010) was introduced to strengthen, streamline and simplify equality legislation by reforming and harmonising 116 separate pieces of pre-existing discrimination legislation into a single new law, replacing all the previous anti discrimination law, including:

  • The Equal Pay Act 1970
  • The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • The Race Relations Act 1976
  • The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA)

Disability related discrimination "under the DDA" will be replaced with "discrimination arising from a disability" under the Equality Act (EA s15). The law will change slightly to make it easier to bring a case to court: there will be no need to show that a practice will disadvantage a whole group of disabled people, nor is there a comparator (someone with the same characteristics and behaviour who does not have a disability).

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