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September 9, 2013

The final report of the Public Sector Equality Duty Review has arrived, two months late and yet somehow still far too early.

Unsurprisingly, one of the main thrusts of the PSED review report is that it’s not possible to accurately review the public sector equality duties because of the short space of time since their introduction. This concession will be cold comfort to the many people who raised the inappropriate time scale when the review was first proposed; particularly as...

March 27, 2013

Amongst other so-called ‘red tape reduction’ activities, the UK Government is in the process of reviewing the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010. The Steering Group undertaking this review is due to report its findings by June 2013, having taken approximately six months from the date of its first meeting to consider a range of largely desk-based research and views from primarily public sector contributors.

Concerns have been put forward by a number of organis...

February 15, 2013

On 15 May 2012, the Home Secretary announced a review of the public sector Equality Duty, as part of the outcome of the Red Tape Challenge spotlight on equalities. They are now combining it with a planned review of the general 'due regard' equality duty which would have been done in 2015.

The TUC believes this review is premature - the new equality duty only came into effect just under two years ago and the specific duties only a year ago. They have also expressed concerns abo...

February 14, 2013

There is a lot of ‘noise’ coming from public sector organisations about equality outcomes at the moment. 

To give just three examples, the Scottish Government held a meeting with equality groups earlier this week to report on the progress they are making with setting their outcomes; a number of organisations are consulting on final draft outcomes and Caledonian University have brought in Simon Fanshawe to facilitate an equality outcomes summit. 

Under the Equality Act 2010 (Spe...

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