The Equality Act 2010: A Brief Overview

The Equality Act 2010

In October 2010, the Equality Act became law. The Act brings together all the strands of anti-discrimination legislation, and replaces the Disability Discrimination Act.

Make sure you know what equality law says you must do as a business providing goods, facilities or services to the public

Equality law applies to any business that provides goods, facilities or services to members of the public.

This includes a wide range of different businesses and services. Within this, it would include lots of different entertainment venues both large and small, such as:

  • theatres
  • cinemas
  • music venues – everything from a large opera house through to a local jazz café
  • comedy clubs
  • arts festivals, including music and children’s festivals.
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This also applies to places that are not usually used for entertainment but have occasions when members of the public do use them for that purpose. For example, a church which holds lunchtime music recitals or an empty shop which is opened up for an arts festival.


Lee Ellery in make up for At the Moulin Rouge, Wales Millennium Centre 2009

Lee Ellery in make up for At the Moulin Rouge, Wales Millennium Centre 2009

It doesn’t matter whether the service is free, for example, a free concert, or whether it must be paid for – it will still be covered by equality law.

For full information, please visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website

The Wales EHRC office can be contacted on 0845 604 8810


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