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Equality Act 2010 - provisions for carers

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal to discriminate against a carer because of their responsibilities as a carer, or because of the individual(s) they care for. 

If you're looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, the law will protect you against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities.This is because you're counted as being 'associated' with someone who is protected by the law because of their age or disability.

This law applies to discrimination and harassment if they happen in your work place, and will also protect you as a carer:

  • when you shop for goods 
  • when you ask for services 
  • when you get services 
  • when you use facilities like public transport

You can go to our page on the Equality Act 2010 for more information on how the act aims to protect carers and those they look after.

If you explore the other pages in our Looking after someone section you will find plenty of information about how you can access support as  carer, including details of how to request a carer's assessment from your local council.

If you have been discriminated against or harassed because of your duties as a carer, Citizens Advice will be able to advise you of your rights and what steps you can take. 

You may also find it useful to look at our page on Obtaining legal advice.

Carers Network is the main organisation in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, and Hammersmith & Fulham providing support and information for unpaid adult carers looking after someone over 18.  You can find their details, and various other organisations and groups offering support and activities on these pages:-

You can find out more about local support available to carers on our Carers' advice and support organisations page.

And our Events calendar offers information on support groups and other activities for carers in your area.

The Independent Age website provides a guide called Carers: What Support Is Available