Public Sector Equality Duty (section 149 Equality Act 2010)
This legal duty requires public bodies (and their individual members) to have ‘due regard’ to eliminate discrimination, promote equality and foster good relations in carrying out their business functions. This means taking a pro-active approach to understanding and responding to staff and service users (and potential users) needs, understanding the impact of business policies, procedures and decisions on different people, delivering fair and appropriate services and promoting equality. Most aspects of business will be covered by the duty, including policy making, providing services and employing people. The duty involves:
- removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by persons who share a relevant protected characteristic* that are connected to that characteristic;
- taking steps to meet the needs of persons who share a relevant protected characteristic* that are different from the needs of persons who do not share it;
- meeting the needs of disabled persons that are different from the needs of persons who are not disabled including, in particular, steps to take account of disabled persons’ disabilities.
* 'Protected Characteristics' is the term introduced by the Equality Act 2010 to describe the specific groups of people who are protected from discrimination under the Act. The characteristics protected are Age, Disability, Pregnancy & Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation and Transgender.
How does Essex Police comply with the duty?
Public bodies are required to publish information about their compliance by 31st January 2012 and annually thereafter. They are also required to publish one or more ‘Equality Objectives’ by 4th April 2012 and every 4 years thereafter.
Our 'Equality Information Report' detailing how we are complying with the duties, along with supplementary reports about how we have improved services to diverse communities, information about our workforce and details of our Equality Objectives can be found below under.