The Equality and Human Rights Commission is currently drafting a code of practice to accompany the new Equality Bill when this becomes law. The Code helps to interpret the law and will explain the legislation and what it means in the same way as the current Codes of Practice do.
According to the Code of Practice a belief need not include a faith or worship of a god/s but must affect how a person lives their life or perceives the world. As such atheists, vegans, vegetarians and other groups may be protected under the Code which is not what the Government intended. The guidance ties in with the decision last year that climate change could be a philosophical belief.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission still has consultation open on the draft Code of Practice to accompany the long awaited Equality Bill. Consultation closes in April so you need to have your say now!