Our commitment to equality and the Equality Act 2010.


We are committed to the principles of equality of:

  • opportunity
  • fairness
  • quality of life for all

This commitment covers both how we work with you and in our role as an employer.

The Equality Act 2010 

The Equality Act 2010 brought together several separate equality laws. The Act provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

For more information go to Equality Act 2010 on GOV.UK.

Protected characteristics

The Act introduced the term 'protected characteristics to describe the groups who are protected by the Act. The protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Find out more about protected characteristics on the Equality and Human Rights commission website.