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Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty (section 149 of the Equality Act 2010) is made up of a general equality duty which is supported by specific duties. The Public Sector Equality Duty is the formal title of the legislation, the general equality duty is the overarching requirement of the duty, and the specific duties are intended to help performance on the general equality duty.

The legislation highlights a number of what are known as 'protected characteristics':

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and Belief
  • Sex 
  • Sexual Orientation

 

The General Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force on 6 April 2011. The Equality Duty consists of a general duty and several specific duties, which are intended to help public bodies meet the general duty. The general duty requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 

The Specific Duties

The Council must:

  • Prepare and publish one or more objectives that will support the council in meeting the requirements of the general equality duty 
  • Ensure that those objectives are specific and measurable 
  • Publish those objectives in such a manner that they are accessible to the public
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