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Under the public sector equality duty, which came into force in April 2011, public sector bodies must have due regard to the following when exercising their duties:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

In Wales, there are also a number of additional duties which include having a Strategic Equality Plan in place; engaging with those in protected characteristic groups; developing and publishing equality impact assessments, and providing employment statistics.

In addition, from April 2021, the Welsh Government will enact the socio-economic part of the Wales-specific duties. This means that, when making strategic decisions, the Council must consider how its decisions might help reduce inequalities associated with socio-economic disadvantage. 

For further information please contact:-

Dan Shaw
Corporate Planning Manager
01437 775857

ID: 585, revised 04/01/2021