Compliance with the Equality Act 2010 when commissioning independent advocacy

Published: October 2014
Updated: March 2015

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 consciously consider the need to do the things set out in the general equality duty: eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.

PSED technical guidance p 19

Due regard:

is fulfilled before and at the time a particular policy that will or might affect people with protected characteristics is under consideration as well as at the time a decision is taken. Due regard involves a conscious approach and state of mind.

PSED technical guidance p 20

The protected characteristics are:

Paying due regard


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