To protect against discrimination on grounds of race, several Acts have been introduced over the years - the Race Relations Act 1976 (RRA), the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003. As of 1st October 2010, all existing equality legislation (including the RRA) was consolidated into the Equality Act 2010 (‘The Act’).

Race includes colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origins. Colour means any colour, white, black or brown. An ethnic group must have a long shared history and its own cultural tradition.

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