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Disability Equality Duty

Disability Equality Duty

The 'specific duties' set out in the requirements of the Disability Equality Duty require certain public bodies (including PCTs in England, LHBs in Wales, Health Boards in Scotland) to:

  • publish a Disability Equality Scheme (including within it an Action Plan)
  • involve disabled people in producing the Scheme and Action Plan
  • demonstrate they have taken actions in the Scheme and achieved appropriate outcomes
  • report on progress
  • review and revise the Scheme

Disability Equality Schemes

Primary Care Organisations (PCOs) in England, Scotland and Wales were required to publish by 4th December 2006 a Disability Equality Scheme which sets out how the PCO promotes disability equality and ensures that discrimination against disabled people is eliminated.

The duty for England and Wales is in all key respects the same as the duty which applies in Scotland, except there are different arrangements in relation to education due to differences in legislation.  There is a Statutory Code of Practice for England & Wales and a separate one for Scotland. There is different legislation in Northern Ireland.

PCOs are likely to seek information from Practices about their disabled access provisions for inclusion in the PCO's Disability Equality Schemes.

Disability Discrimination main page

More information

Equality and Human Rights Commission publication: The Duty to Promote Disability Equality - Code of Practice (England & Wales)

Equality and Human Rights Commission publication: The Duty to Promote Disability Equality - Code of Practice (Scotland)

DirectGov: Disability Equality Duty

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Other discrimination-related legislation

Information on the Gender Equality Duty in employment and in the provision of services