Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
As a Public Authority, as well as general compliance with the Equality Act, OCCG is required to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This is made up of the general equality duty and specific duties. The general equality duty is set out in section 149 of the Equality Act. The specific duties are intended to help public authorities meet the general equality duty, and are set out in separate legislation (The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011).
Those subject to the general equality duty must give ‘due regard’ to three aims:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Equality Act 2010 Public Sector General Equality Duty: Specific Duties:
- Publish information annually to demonstrate compliance with the General Equality Duty (starting 31 January 2012): The information a public authority publishes must include, in particular, information relating to persons who share a relevant protected characteristic who are employees (for bodies with 150 or more staff), others affected by their policies and practices (such as service users).
- Publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives every four years (starting on 6 April 2012).
- All information must be published in a way that is accessible to the public.