Coalition for Racial Equality & Rights

General Duty - Public Bodies

There are two ways that a body can be subject to the General Equality Duty. Those bodies listed in Schedule 19 of the Equality Act 2010 are subject to the General Duty. In addition, any organisation which carries out a public function is subject to the General Duty. In this situation, the duty will only apply to the organisation's public functions, not to any private functions it carries out.

The list of bodies which are subject to the General Duty found in Schedule 19 includes key public authorities like local authorities, health, transport and education bodies, the police, the armed forces and central government departments. The list includes many of the same bodies which were previously covered by the race, disability and gender equality duties.