This guide is aimed at those responsible for implementing the public sector equality duty in public authorities in England (and non-devolved public authorities in Scotland and Wales). It will be of interest to staff throughout public authorities, but particularly those responsible for decision-making, policy development, information gathering and analysis. In addition, it will be relevant for those involved in business planning, procurement, human resources, grant making, governance and scrutiny. The guide will also assist those who have an interest in the work of public authorities, such as service users, voluntary bodies, unions, and equality organisations.
It provides advice relevant to two types of public authority: those that are subject only to the general equality duty, and those that are also subject to the specific duties (‘listed authorities’). The different requirements for both of these types of bodies are set out clearly throughout this guide.