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Public sector equality duty (PSED)

The public sector equality duty (PSED), which came into force on 6 April 2011, places additional specific duties on public authorities including NHS trusts.

Two such duties are a requirement on public authorities to:

  1. publish sufficient information to demonstrate compliance with the general equality duty by 31 January 2012 and thereafter annually
  2. prepare and publish one or more equality objectives by 6 April 2012 and no more than four years thereafter

The published information is to include:

  • information on the effect that policies and practices have had on employees, service users and others from the protected groups
  • evidence of the analysis undertaken to establish whether their policies and practices will (or have) furthered the three equality aims in the general equality duty
  • details of information used in that analysis
  • details of engagement with people with an interest in the aims of the duty

Our PSED publications:

Workforce monitoring reports and analysis

  • Equality and diversity monitoring information from April to September 2022

Page last reviewed: February 08, 2024
Next review due: February 08, 2025


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