Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that modified the earlier Race Relations Act 1976.

Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
Long titleAn Act to extend further the application of the Race Relations Act 1976 to the police and other public authorities; to amend the exemption under that Act for acts done for the purpose of safeguarding national security; and for connected purposes.
Citation2000 c. 34
Territorial extent England and Wales; Scotland
Other legislation
Repealed byEquality Act 2010
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.

The legislation outlawed race discrimination in areas not covered by the 1976 legislation. This included the introduction of a broader definition of "public authorities" to cover public functions performed by private organisations. Furthermore it required public authorities to promote racial equality and allowed the Home Secretary to extend the list of public bodies required to promote race equality, and to impose specific duties on those bodies. This was buttressed by the Commission for Racial Equality being empowered to enforce those duties and to issue codes of practice on how public bodies should fulfil their specific and general duties.

The act also introduced some more specific regulations relating to education (discrimination claims against educational bodies to be brought to court immediately) and the police (chief police officers became liable for discrimination carried out by their officers).

Finally, government ministers could no longer issue conclusive certificates in cases of racial discrimination by claiming given acts of race discrimination were not unlawful because they were done for the purposes of national security.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ "Summary: the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000". The Guardian. 22 February 2001. Retrieved 11 January 2019.