Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010 bringing together previous equalities legislation into one single Act. The Equality Act 2010 provides the UK with a discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. The Act introduced a new law called the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). In Scotland, the PSED consists of a general duty supported by specific duties.
As a public sector body, the College is covered by the PSED and as a result must demonstrate its compliance with regards to both the general duty and the specific duties.
The College is legislatively required to prepare and publish a set of equality outcomes every four years. The purpose of equality outcomes is to drive and elicit changes which promote and advance equality in line with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).
For the first time, the College and a range of other public bodies across Ayrshire have developed together a set of four shared regional Equality Outcomes. These Equality Outcomes will be effective from April 2017 with the College required to report on its progress in meeting these no later than April 30th 2019.