The Cabinet Office Gender Equality Scheme has been replaced by a single equality scheme promoting race, disability and gender equality. The Cabinet Office has extended the principles of the equality duties to age, gender identity, religion / belief, and sexual orientation, and makes mention of these additional equality strands in the Scheme.
The Equality Act 2006 amends the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to place a statutory duty on all public authorities, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need:
and that this is known as the general duty on gender equality.
To assist the general duty, there are also some specific duties and one of them is a requirement to prepare and publish a gender equality scheme, showing how we will meet the general duty and additional specific duties and setting out our gender equality objectives.