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Public Sector Equality Duty Under Review

Policy product type: LGiU essential policy briefing

Published date: December 10, 2012

Author: Hilary Kitchin LGiU associate

Issues covered:

  • Adult social care
  • commissioning
  • education
  • Equalities
  • Public health reform and practice

The terms of reference for a review of the Public Sector Equality Duty were published on 28 November. The review, to be completed by April 2013, and conducted under the Red Tape Challenge, will look at all aspects of the duty with a view to amendment or diminution. This briefing outlines the information currently available.

Given the reputational and business relevance of compliance with equality obligations, local authorities will want to respond. The time imperative means that council can take initial steps to prepare their response prior to the opening of the review.

The briefing is of interest to all tiers of councils; to elected members and officers with responsibility for equalities and community engagement; to service managers and commissioners of services, including in adult social care and children’s services, and to trade unions locally and nationally.

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