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The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments

Published Friday, December 15, 2017

This note provides an overview of the public sector equality duty, contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and Equality Impact Assessments.

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This note outlines the Public Sector Equality Duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires public authorities to have due regard to a number of equality considerations when exercising their functions. 

Section 149 replaced pre-existing duties concerning race, disability and sex.  It extended coverage to the additional “protected characteristics” of age, gender reassignment, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation and, in certain circumstances, marriage and civil partnership.

The note also provides an overview of Equality Impact Assessments.  These are assessments that public authorities often carry out prior to implementing a policy, with a view to ascertaining its potential impact on equality.  They are not required by law, although are a way of facilitating and evidencing compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty

Commons Briefing papers SN06591

Author: Douglas Pyper

Topics: Age discrimination, Disability discrimination, Employment, Equality, Racial discrimination, Sex discrimination

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