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The Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act

This information about the Equality Act applies to people who live in England Scotland and Wales. If you live in Northern Ireland, see our information about the Disability Discrimination Act.

If you are looking for information about disability discrimination in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation.

The Public Sector Equality Duty applies to all public authorities or organisations that have a ‘public function’. Some examples are central government, local authorities and health authorities. In all the roles they carry out, they should pay ‘due regard to’:

  • Stopping or preventing discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Encouraging good relations between people who are disabled (or who have another protected characteristic) and those who are not
  • Working to enable people who are disabled (or who have another protected characteristic) to have equal opportunities to those who do not
  • Removing or minimising disadvantages experienced by disabled people that are connected to their disability
  • Encouraging disabled people to take part in public life or in any other activity which they presently do not tend to take part in

If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone on 0808 800 5050.


Epilepsy Action would like to thank Carl Graham, solicitor and partner in UK law firm DWF LLP for reviewing this information.

Carl Graham has declared no conflict of interest.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated May 2016
    To be reviewed May 2019

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