Equality & Diversity

The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous equality laws with a Single Act, the majority of which came into force on 1 October 2010.  A key remaining measure in the Act which came into force on 6 April 2011 is the public sector Equality Duty.

The aim of the Equality Duty is to 'embed equality considerations into the day to day work of public bodies, so that they tackle discrimination and inequality and contribute to making society fairer'.

The duty consists of a 'general duty' and 'specific duties' that protect people from discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics. These are referred to as protected characteristics and cover the following: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.

The duty also requires public bodies to publish more information on equality than previously and demonstrate how they are delivering improvement. However, such information should be proportionate to the organisation's size, resources and relevance to the issues of equality and good relations.

Tees Valley Unlimited is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity and ensuring that all its policies and procedures are fully accessible and that our focus on improving the economy will help address economic equalities in the Tees Valley.

Tees Valley

Situated in the North East of England and nestled between North Yorkshire and County Durham, Tees Valley covers an area of 304 square miles with a population of 660,000.

Tees Valley Unlimited

One of the first Local Enterprise Partnerships in the country to gain approval from the Government, TVU has a growing reputation as a leading and forward thinking organisation building on over a decade of successful public and private sector partnership working.

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