Public sector equality duty

As a partnership, we are firmly committed to removing the barriers that stop people being able to access health and care services. These can include the distance they have to travel, the language we use, education and work opportunities, and cultural and social barriers. We will aim to remove these barriers, not just because we have to by law, but because it is the right thing to do.

Our commitment to the Public Sector Equality Duty

In 2010, the introduction of the Equality Act represented a step towards a more consistent, integrated approach to promoting equality and tackling discrimination. The Act replaced an abundance of legislation, statutory instruments and guidance, helping to simplify equality law.

A primary feature of the Equality Act was the introduction of a Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which placed legal duties on public sector bodies (and others carrying out public functions), specifying that any changes to service design or delivery must be carried out with ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the Equality Act.

These aims are:

  • The elimination of unlawful discrimination
  • Advancement of equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • The fostering of good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The duty is designed to ‘protect’ individuals who share certain types of characteristics. We consider the equality duty and its aims in everything we do.

To find out more information about each characteristic in Cheshire and Merseyside, click on the coloured boxes to bring up more details.

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