Public Sector Equality Duty guidance

Advice and Guidance

Who is this page for?

  • Public sector

Which countries is it relevant to?

    • England

      England

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    • Scotland

      Scotland

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    • Wales

      Wales

Guides for public authorities in England, Scotland and Wales

This page contains guides for public authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. 

The guides provide an overview of the equality duty, including the general equality duty, the specific duties and who they apply to. They cover what public authorities should do to meet the duty. This includes steps that are legally required, as well as recommended actions.

To support Scottish public authorities in meeting their equality duties, the Commission has produced non-statutory guidance which is available on our Scotland pages. The guides provide an overview of the public sector equality duty, including the general equality duty, the specific duties and who they apply to. They cover what public authorities should do to meet the duty. This includes steps that are legally required, as well as recommended actions.

Non-statutory guidance for Scottish public authorities

Technical Guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty: England The Commission has published Public Sector Equality Duty Technical Guidance for England, Wales and Scotland. The guidance provides an authoritative, comprehensive and technical guide to the detail of the law.

Public Sector Equality Duty Technical Guidance for England, Scotland and Wales

The equality duty requires public authorities to demonstrate that they are making financial decisions in a fair, transparent and accountable way, considering the needs and the rights of different members of their community.  We have issued guidance to assist public authorities leaders and decision-makers to make sure that the process followed to assess the impact on equality of financial proposals is robust, and the impact financial proposals could have on protected groups is thoroughly considered before any decisions are arrived at. 

Making fair financial decisions

Fair financial decisions further and higher education 

The following Codes of Practice and guidance on the previous equality duties were issued by the former equality Commissions, (Disability Rights Commission, Commission for Racial Equality, Equal Opportunities Commission).  These are now out of date and have been replaced.  However, we are aware some of these documents may still be of value to individuals or organisations for research or historical purposes.  Please contact us at  equalityduty@equalityhumanrights.com if you require a copy of any of the publications below:

Gender equality duty

  • The gender equality duty: code of practice
  • Consulting stakeholders on gender equality
  • Meeting the gender equality duty in employment
  • Meeting the gender equality duty for transsexual staff
  • Developing gender equality objectives and a gender equality scheme
  • Gathering and using information on gender equality
  • Overview of the gender equality duty
  • Gender equality duty and schools
  • Guidance on health and the gender equality duty
  • Gender equality duty and local government
  • Guidance on the gender equality duty for the voluntary and community sector

Race equality duty

  • The race equality duty: code of practice
  • Ethnic monitoring: a guide for public authorities
  • The duty to promote race equality: a guide for public authorities
  • Public authorities and partnerships: a guide to the duty to promote race equality
  • Race equality and public procurement: a guide for public authorities and contractors
  • The duty to promote race equality: a guide for schools
  • Health and the disability equality duty
  • The duty to promote race equality: performance guidelines for government departments
  • The duty to promote race equality: performance guidelines for criminal justice agencies
  • The duty to promote race equality: performance guidelines for police forces and authorities
  • The duty to promote race equality: performance guidelines for colleges and universities
  • The duty to promote race equality: performance guidelines for schools
  • The duty to promote race equality: performance guidelines for health organisations
  • The duty to promote race equality: performance guidelines for local authorities

Disability equality duty

  • The disability equality duty: code of practice
  • The disability equality duty: a law for disabled people
  • Procurement and the disability equality duty
  • The disability equality duty and involvement
  • Schools and the disability equality duty
  • Further and higher education institutions and the disability equality duty
  • Housing and the disability equality duty
  • The social care sector and the disability equality duty
  • Making the duty work (a guide to the disability equality duty for disabled people and their organisations)

Last updated: 11 Oct 2016

Further Information

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service

Freephone 0808 800 0082

Textphone 0808 800 0084

Or write to them at

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EASS HELPLINE
FPN6521

Alternatively, you can visit our advice and guidance page.