The Public Sector Equality Duty, which is part of the Equality Act 2010, came into effect on 5 April 2011.
The Council must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to:
Due regard must be given to the eight protected characteristics listed above, but also marriage and civil partnership in relation to elimination discrimination, harassment and victimisation. In 2012 Bradford Council also committed to giving due regard to people on Low Income and Low Wage to reflect the population it serves.
Having due regard to the need to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it involves having due regard, in particular, to the need to:
The steps involved in meeting the needs of disabled persons that are different from the needs of persons who are not disabled include, in particular, steps to take account of disabled persons' disabilities.
Having due regard to the need to foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it involves having due regard, in particular, to the need to tackle prejudice and promote understanding.
Compliance with the duties in this section may involve treating some persons more favourably than others; but that is not to be taken as permitting conduct that would otherwise be prohibited by or under the Equality Act.
There is also a specific duty to:
The equality duty relates to everything public bodies do, including their decision-making, policy development, budget setting, procurement, service delivery and employment functions.
A public authority is required to publish sufficient information annually to demonstrate its compliance with the general equality duty across its functions.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) recommended that monitoring and demonstration of progress will be easier if information is published at regular intervals and in a format that allows compatibility with previous information.
This information must include: