The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published its response to the consultation paper issued in March 2017, seeking views on whether legislation should be introduced under the Equality Act 2010 in order to protect against caste discrimination. Caste is not currently a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, although previous case law has suggested that caste could be protected to the extent it is bound up with ethnic origin.

The Government has decided to rely on emerging case law in this area, rather than extending the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 to include caste. It has committed to keeping the situation under review, but will not be making any legislative changes in the foreseeable future.