Local Government Briefing Note 5 of 2013 - Equality Act 2010: Technical Guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty
- Local government
Recently, the Equality and Human Rights Commission EHRC published detailed technical guidance for those public sector bodies seeking to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). There is separate guidance for Scotland, England and Wales.
Public authorities and others with a duty to comply with the PSED are likely to find the guidance useful in their quest to fulfil their duties.
The PSED was created by the Equality Act 2010, and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The PSED is supported in England by the specific duties contained in The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, in Wales, by the specific duties contained in The Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties)(Wales) Regulations 2011 and in Scotland by the specific duties contained in The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
The new Technical Guidance explains the three aims of the PSED, outlines the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the specific duty regulations and provides practical approaches to complying with the PSED. According to the EHRC, the document provides an authoritative, comprehensive and technical guide to the detail of the law.
The guidance is not a statutory Code of Practice. However, it can be used as evidence in legal proceedings.Equality Act 2010: Technical Guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty: England
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