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Race Relations Act 1976
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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.
Statute book chapter: 1976
Territorial extent: England and Wales; Scotland
Date of Royal Assent: 22 November 1976
Commencement: 1 September 1977
Other legislation
Related legislation: Race Relations Amendment Act 2000
Status: Substantially amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Official text of the statute as amended and in force today within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database

The Race Relations Act 1976 was established by the Parliament of the United Kingdom to prevent discrimination on the grounds of race.

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.

The Act incorporates the earlier Race Relations Act 1965 and 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.

In 2006 additional legislation, the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, included the additional offence of inciting religious hatred.


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