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Inclusive Design – call for case studies on the workings of the Equality Act 2010

Lucy Pickford

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The February edition of Landscape will look at the successes and failures in planning, managing and designing environments that respond to the needs of all communities.  It will ask what makes a landscape feel welcoming; explore the expertise to make this happen; and consider how places and spaces become inclusive and equally welcoming to the widest range of those who use, explore and navigate through them. One area of particular interest is the workings of the Equalities Act 2010. This prohibits direct and indirect in discrimination in many fields including in the provision of services and facilities by public authorities. There remain many areas where public authorities have yet to apply these principles especially in the provision of parks and other public spaces. The Equality Act 2010 mandates the Public Sector Equality Duty which is designed to ‘bring about a culture change so that promoting equality becomes part of public bodies’ core business.’*

If you have experience of using the Equality Act and the Public Sector Equality Duty in challenging current practice and you would like to contribute on this topic, please contact the editor Paul Lincoln – paul.lincoln@landscapeinstitute.org

*Government Equalities Office (2009b) The Equality Bill, Making it Work.

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