Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty brings together the Disability Equality Duty, originally established to promote disability equality across the public sector, with other existing duties on race and gender.

The Duty has three aims.  When developing or implementing policy, it requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people of different groups;
  • foster good relations between people from different groups.

‘Due regard’ means to consciously consider these three aims when making decision about policy or practice which would affect people.  For example, the duty covers:

  • how a public authority acts as an employer;
  • how it develops policies;
  • how it designs and delivers services;
  • how it procure services.