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Working with individuals and communities

About us

Encouraging equal opportunities for all

Equality and diversity

Our mandate is to protect the public, regardless of their race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Promoting equality and diversity is a duty the entire UK government takes very seriously. It is a responsibility shared by all government departments.

We need to work hard to:

  • protect everyone from discrimination
  • improve life chances for all
  • build a sense of community 'togetherness'

This ambition isn't about being politically correct. It’s part of our goal to build a completely civilised society where we can all achieve our potential, free from prejudice.

The Secretary of State report

This 2008 document is the department's first Secretary of State report outlining the progress made on disability equality in the Home Office's area of responsibility, and setting out plans for future action.

Download the Secretary of State report.

The Home Office equality scheme progress report

Read the 2009 progress report, which is designed to ensure the Home Office is fair and equitable in its work.

What to do if you've been discriminated against

The following organisations can provide advice and help if you think you've been a victim of discrimination:

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent organisation working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality and protect human rights.

The commission's wide-ranging role includes advising the government on equality issues to help ensure governmental policies are fair. It also provides an advice service and helpline (new window) to anyone who thinks they've been discriminated against.

They can help if you feel you've been discriminated against. View their information page on 'Your rights' (new window) to find out what rights you have to equality and what to do when you experience discrimination.

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