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Awareness and understanding of EHRC guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty

A qualitative study

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) created by the Equality Act 2010 is a legislative mechanism to ensure public authorities consider equality and good relations in their day-to-day activities. It is made up of a general duty covering public authorities and those delivering public functions across Great Britain, and specific duties designed to help public authorities improve their performance of the general duty which are different in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the regulator of the PSED. As such it 'should ensure clear information, guidance and advice are available to help those they regulate meet their responsibilities to comply' with the PSED. The EHRC commissioned this research to explore the effectiveness of some of the guidance it has produced on the PSED. The research focused on assessing the effectiveness of the following specific ‘test guidance’ documents:

  • Essential Guides to the PSED from each country (England, Scotland and Wales), examples of ‘general guidance’.
  • ‘Making Fair Financial Decisions’, an example of ‘tailored guidance’.

Although the research focused on particular test guidance documents, it also considered general awareness of the PSED, EHRC guidance and PSED case studies among stakeholders.