Race Relations Act 1976
The Race Relations Act 1976 was established by the Parliament of the United Kingdom to prevent discrimination on the grounds of race.
|Long title||An Act to make fresh provision with respect to discrimination on racial grounds and relations between people of different racial groups; and to make in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 amendments for bringing provisions in that Act relating to its administration and enforcement into conformity with the corresponding provisions in this Act.|
|Citation||1976 c. 74|
|Territorial extent||England and Wales; Scotland|
|Royal assent||22 November 1976|
|Commencement||1 September 1977|
|Repealed||Equality Act 2010|
|Repealed by||Equality Act 2010|
|Relates to||Race Relations Amendment Act 2000|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Text of the Race Relations Act 1976 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.|
Items that are covered include discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin in the fields of employment, the provision of goods and services, education and public functions.
The Act also established the Commission for Racial Equality with a view to review the legislation, which was put in place to make sure the Act rules were followed.
The Act incorporates the earlier Race Relations Act 1965 or Race Relations Act 1968 and was later amended by the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000, notably including a statutory duty on public bodies to promote race equality, and to demonstrate that procedures to prevent race discrimination are effective.
The Act was repealed by the Equality Act 2010, which supersedes and consolidates previous discrimination law in the UK.
- CRE page relating to race relations legislation
- BBC report on the introduction of the race relations Acts
- Text of the Race Relations Act 1976 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.