The public sector equality duty

Specific requirements affecting local authorities came into force in April 2011 and are called the public sector equality duty (PSED). The aim of the PSED is to assist public bodies to meet the requirements of the Equalities Act, and requires them to consider all individuals when carrying out their day to day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees. The PSED states that a public authority must, in the exercise of it’s functions, have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under this act
  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share a protected characteristic
  • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it

Also, a person who is not a public authority but who exercises public functions must, in the exercise of these functions, have due regard to the matters mentioned above.

In order to meet these requirements public authorities are required to:

  • show transparency by publishing data on equality in relation to their workforce and services they provide
  • set equality outcome objectives informed by the evidence and data they publish

To meet these requirements we publish all completed equality impact assessments (EIAs) on our website thereby showing how decisions were reached, along with other equality related information and data. Consultations that are undertaken are also published on the website.

Our equality objectives are included within our published corporate equality action plan.