Public Sector Equality Duty

On 5 April 2011 the public sector Equality Duty came into effect, covering sexual orientation for the first time. It replaces the previous duties relating to gender, disability and race. The new duty requires public bodies to consider the needs of gay people in the design and delivery of public services as well as within their own workplaces. It is designed to support and guide public bodies in addressing the inequalities experienced by their staff and service users.

The public sector Equality Duty was introduced by the Equality Act 2010. Click here to read all about the Act and its role in protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people across Britain.

You can also view our simple, short plain-English guide to the Equality Act 2010. It tells employers and service providers exactly what they need to know and do to ensure they are complying with the Act in their workplaces and when providing services. 

Through our work with public bodies from a range of sectors, we've seen how the public sector Equality Duty has motivated change in policy and practice, helping the public sector better meet the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and service users.

Click on the links below to read case studies from public sector organisations that are using the public sector Equality Duty to drive forward good practice.

Health Organisations
Universities
Local Authorities
Police Forces
Central Government
Emergency Services