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Recently, the Equality and Human Rights Commission EHRC published detailed technical guidance for public sector bodies to help them to ensure that they comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). There is separate guidance for Scotland, England and Wales.
Public authorities and others with a duty to comply with the PSED, such as providers who enter into contracts to deliver services on behalf of a public body, are likely to find the guidance useful in ensuring that they fulfil their duties in this area. The PSED was created by the Equality Act 2010, and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties.
This new Technical Guidance explains the three aims of the PSED, outlines the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the specific duty regulations. It provides practical approaches to complying with the PSED with case studies. It also sets out how and why contracted providers are required to comply with the legislation. According to the EHRC, the document provides an authoritative, comprehensive and technical guide to the detail of the law. The guidance is not a statutory Code of Practice. However, it could be used as evidence in legal proceedings.