Public sector equality duty

On 5 April 2011 the public sector equality duty (the equality duty) came into force in England, Scotland and Wales. This duty replaces the existing race, disability and gender equality duties.

NewspaperEquality duty news

View the latest updates and download recent documents on our news page.

Man and woman talkingEquality Act

Find guidance, toolkits and rights on the new equality law that came into force in October 2010.

Non-statutory guidance

Our revised guides for public authorities cover what you should do to meet the equality duty.

Technical guidance

Technical guidance on the equality duty

Introduction to the equality duty

Read our introduction that summarises the the different parts of the new duty.

Fair financial decisions

Useful advice for when you need to make financial decisions.

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Research and policy

Download PSED related research reports and policy papers.

Background to the equality duty

Discover what the duty consists of, how it came about and why it's such an important part of the Equality Act.

Monitoring and enforcement

Find out more information about our monitoring and enforcement work on the equality duty.

Case studies

Read real-life examples of how organisations have used equality duties in their work.


Guidance, training modules and case study on procurement

Resources for procurement specialists and those involved in the process.

Resources on new protected characteristics

View links to documents on the new protected characteristics that were not fully covered by the previous duties.

Archive documents

Details on how to obtain documents relating to the previous gender, race and disability duties.

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