Compliance with the Equality Act 2010

Public sector equality duty

Local authorities must pay due regard to the public sector equality duty when commissioning advocacy services.

To ‘pay due regard’ means that when making decisions a local authority:

must ...have due regard to the need to:

  • 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.
PSED essential guidance

And in order to have due regard:

Those who exercise its functions must be aware of the general equality duty’s requirements. Compliance with the general equality duty involves a conscious approach and state of mind. General regard to the issue of equality is not enough to comply.

PSED essential guidance

The protected characteristics are:

Paying due regard

As a commissioner, you should:

Commissioning independent advocacy
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