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Public Sector Equality Duty

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The Government Equalities Office has issued a replacement 'quick start' guide on the public sector equality duty.

The public sector equality duty, which came into force on 5 April 2011, requires public bodies to consider the impact of their policies and methods of delivering services on those who possess certain protected characteristics.

In particular, public bodies must have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination and advance equality of opportunity. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has power to issue compliance notices and take further steps if necessary.