Equality

Equality and TV Licensing

TV Licensing is committed to equality and diversity and is engaged in ongoing work to improve the quality and accessibility of the service for its customers, in line with the public sector equality duties outlined below.

Our work in this area is aligned with the objectives set out in the BBC’s Diversity Strategy  2011-2015  and is set out in the TV Licensing Equality & Diversity Action Plan (PDF 98Kb), which makes commitments under the five key objectives laid out in the BBC’s overall strategy.

We aim to address the individual requirements of all our customers. We also have a number of provisions to make it easier for customers to contact us and manage their TV Licence, such as information in different languages and alternative formats.  Further information on assistance available can be found on our Accessibility page.

 

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 consolidated various pieces of legislation including:

  • the Race Relations Act 1976
  • the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • the Sex Discrimination Act 1975

There are 9 protected characteristics covered by the Act.  These are:

1. Age
2. Disability
3. Gender reassignment
4. Marriage and civil partnership
5. Pregnancy and maternity
6. Race
7. Religion or belief
8. Sex
9. Sexual orientation.

The Equality Act places a statutory duty on public authorities in how they exercise their functions.  This requires organisations to have’ due regard’ to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
 

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