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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 December 2008 report is the department's first Secretary of State report outlining the progress made on disability equality in the Home Office's area of responsibility.

It also sets out proposals for future action.

Download the full report

Download the easy read version of the report

Download the full report (Welsh Language version)

The overarching race, disability and gender equality scheme

Read the 2008 progress report on this programme designed to ensure the Home Office is fair and equitable.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is the independent body set up to champion equality and human rights for all.  It works to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality and protect human rights to ensure that everyone in the UK has a fair chance to participate in society.

The commission's wide-ranging role includes advising the government on equality issues and promoting good practice to help organisations ensure their policies are fair to all.

But it also provides an advice service and helpline (new window) to anyone who thinks they've been discriminated against.

Advice and information from the commission on what to do if you feel you've been discriminated against (new window).

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:

See also

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