All things being equal: so far, so good — the Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) was brought in by the Equality Act 2010 and came into force in April 2011. It requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination; promote equality of opportunity between different groups; and foster good relations between different groups.

This general duty is supplemented by two specific duties on public bodies to set and publish equality objectives every four years and to publish information to show their compliance with the PSED, at least annually.

In theory, the PSED is of benefit to the voluntary sector, as it requires that everyone is treated equally, including in the procurement process, which often seems weighted against smaller organisations…

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