Equality Act 2010 – Quick Start Guide for Private Clubs & Associations

The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous anti- discrimination laws with a single Act. It simplifies the law, removing inconsistencies and making it easier for people to understand and comply with. It also strengthens the law in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality.

This quick start guide tells you how the Act regulates the way in which private clubs and other types of associations treat their members, associates and guests. It also explains when a private club can restrict its membership and membership benefits to people who share a particular protected characteristic.As the relevant provisions of the Act came into force on 1 October 2010, clubs will need to ensure that they are complying with their obligations.

Please Note: This guide was created by the Government Equalities Office and is freely available from them directly, and is being reshared by All Formats for informational and guidance purposes only. All copyrights remain with the Government Equalities Office, All Formats can take no responsibility for the information provided in this document.

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