General guidance archived documents

This page contains a list of archived non-statutory general guidance documents that were developed to supplement the Codes of Practice. The page contains a list of themes with links to the relevant documents for each duty. If you would like a copy of any documents listed please email equalityduty@equalityhumanrights.com

Introduction to the duties

All duties

  • A guide to the Public Sector Equality Duties (PDF)
  • A guide to the Public Sector Equality Duties - easy read version (PDF)

Gender duty

  • Overview of the gender equality duty (Word)
  • First steps on the gender equality duty (Word)

Race duty

  • The duty to promote race equality - a guide for public authorities (PDF)
  • The Race Equality Duty: a guide for public authorities in Scotland (PDF)
  • The Race Equality Duty - Who is covered by the duty on public authorities in Scotland? (PDF)
  • Race Equality Duty: the law, the duty and you (Word)

Disability duty

  • An overview of the disability equality duty for the public sector (PDF)
  • Disability equality duty - A new law for disabled people - Easy read guide (PDF)

Equality schemes

All duties

  • Developing equality schemes to meet the three existing duties (PDF)

Gender duty

  • Setting objectives and producing a gender equality scheme (Word)
  • A practical guide to revising gender equality schemes (PDF)

Disability duty

  • Disability Equality Schemes: the three-yearly review (Word)
  • Using your revised disability equality scheme to improve the lives of disabled people (word)

Race duty

  • The race equality duty and the statutory three year review (Word)

Evidence and information

Gender duty

  • Gathering and using information on gender equality (PDF)
  • Gender statistics: an evaluation (PDF)

Race duty

  • Ethnic monitoring: a guide for public authorities (Word)
  • The race equality duty: ethnic monitoring - a guide for public authorities in Scotland (Word)
  • Ethnic Minority Employment Data Portal - an online resource launched by the Ethnic Minority Employment Task Forceto enable local government, partnerships and employers to find the best available sources of data on ethnic minority people in the UK.

Disability duty

  • Training and information pack for people with learning disabilities and their groups (PDF)

Consultation and involvement

All duties

  • Involvement: a practical guide (Word)
  • Involvement: a practical guide (PDF)
  • Involvement case studies (Word)
  • Involvement case studies (PDF)

Gender duty

  • Consulting stakeholders on gender equality (Word)
  • Gender and engaging with communities (PDF)

Disability duty

  • Disability equality duty: involvement guidance (PDF)

Employment

Gender duty

  • Meeting the gender duty in your employment functions (Word)
  • Meeting the gender duty for transsexual staff (Word)
  • Meeting the specific duty on equal pay in Scotland (PDF)

Disability duty

  • Disability equality duty: employment (PDF)

Impact assessments

Under equality legislation, public authorities have legal duties to pay 'due regard' to the need to eliminate discrimination and promote equality with regard to race, disability and gender, including gender reassignment, as well as to promote good race relations. The law requires that this duty to pay 'due regard' be demonstrated in the decision making process. Assessing the potential equality impact of proposed changes to policies, procedures and practices is one of the key ways in which public authorities can show 'due regard'.

By law an assessment must:

  • contain sufficient information to enable a public authority to show it has paid "due regard" to the equality duties in its decision-making
  • identify methods for mitigating or avoiding any adverse impact.

Such assessment does not necessarily have to take the form of one document called an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA), although this is what we recommend for reasons explained in our guidance for decision-makers below.

  • Equality impact assessment guidance - quick-start guide (PDF)
  • Equality impact assessment guidance - quick-start guide (Word)
  • Equality impact assessment guidance (PDF)
  • Equality impact assessment guidance (Word)
  • Equality impact assessment guidance (Accessible word)

Procurement

All duties

Gender duty

  • Meeting the gender duty in procurement (Word)

Race duty

  • Race equality and public procurement: a guide for public authorities (PDF)
  • Race equality duty: procurement guidelines for public authorities (PDF)
  • Race equality duty: procurement briefing for suppliers (PDF)

Disability duty

  • Disability equality duty: procurement (PDF)

Partnerships

Race equality

  • Public authorities and partnerships: a guide to the duty to promote race equality (PDF)

Good relations

Race equality

  • Race equality good relations guide (Word)
  • Race equality good relations guide: case studies (Word)

Financial decisions

All duties

  • Using the equality duties to make fair financial decisions
  • The public sector equality duties and financial decisions (PDF)
  • Making fair financial decisions: a briefing note for Further and Higher Education institutions (PDF)
  • Cohesion and equality: guidance for funders (PDF)

Transgender

All duties

  • Provision of goods, facilities and services to trans people (PDF)
  • Provision of goods, facilities and services to trans people (Word)

Before using this guidance you should note that the Codes of Practice are the essential statutory documents that all public authorities need to follow to ensure they are meeting their legal responsibilities.

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