Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty, which is part of the Equality Act 2010, establishes both general and specific duties for public bodies, such as the council.

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Public Sector Equality Duty explained

Public Sector Equality Duty explained

The Public Sector Equality Duty, which is part of the Equality Act 2010, establishes both a general and specific duties for public bodies such as the council.

By law, public bodies must try to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

 

The Act explains that 'due regard' for advancing equality involves:

  • removing or minimising disadvantages experienced by people due to their protected characteristics
  • taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people
  • encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

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Page last updated: 22 Mar 2022