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Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force across the United Kingdom on 5 April 2011.

What is the public sector Equality Duty?

The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies to consider all individuals when carrying out their day to day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees. The Equality Duty is Section 149 of the Equality Act. It is a duty of public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people carrying out their activities.

Guidance for public bodies

The Government Equalities Office has published two quick start guides to help public bodies understand the Equality Duty and the specific duties

Quick Start Guide: Public Sector Equality Duty

Quick Start Guide: Specific Duties

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is the statutory body established to help eliminate discrimination and reduce inequality.

Equality objectives

North Hertfordshire District Council sets an annual plan that addresses the need for shorter term planning and is additional to the Corporate Plan.

The Council has identified the following three priorities for 2013/14 within the Priorities for the District 2013/14 annual plan as:

  • ·living within our means to deliver cost-effective services
  • ·working with local communities
  • ·protecting our environment for our communities

The second priority embraces the work that we do with our local communities, parishes, town councils and charities. The annual plan outlines the development of closer links with local groups to support service provision.

The Annual plan is supported by ten Service plans. This reflects the wide ranging work of the District Council. Each service plan is a key component of NHDC’s Corporate Business Planning Process. It supports the delivery of the Priorities for the district, and ultimately the overarching Sustainable Community Strategy and the delivery of the day to day business activities of the Council.

Each plan sets out how the Service will support the three main priorities, including ‘ Working with our Communities’.

For further details, please contact the NHDC policy team via Customer Service Centre.