Equality Duty Support Package

We’ve designed these resources for voluntary and community organisations using the Equality Duty.

They can help you achieve your organisational objectives. And influence how public bodies meet their own responsibilities.

You can download each part, or get in touch if you’d like a different format.

Introduction (pdf)

Part One: influencing and engaging public bodies on the Equality Duty

Getting started – engaging with and influencing public bodies on the Equality Duty (pdf)

Effective relationships, language and tone for influencing on equality (pdf)

Using the Equality Duty to achieve your goals (pdf)

A short guide to equality frameworks used by public bodies (pdf)

Building partnerships and coalitions with other voluntary and community sector organisations to tackle inequality (pdf)

Part Two: using equality data to gauge equality performance and hold public bodies to account

Getting started – equality information and data (pdf)

Using equality information and data to hold public bodies to account (pdf)

Reviewing a public body’s performance on equality in service delivery – questions to consider (pdf)

Data you might look at or request from public bodies to help you hold them to account (pdf)

Where to find additional information (pdf)

 Part Three: tools

Analyse your data with this Data sets analysis tool (zip)

Guidance on using Data sets analysis tool (pdf)

Disaggregated data tool on police stop and search (zip)

Disaggregated data tool on GCSE results (zip)

Guidance on using the stop and search and GCSE tools (pdf)


JCHR report and Government response: Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living

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On 1 March 2012, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published its report on the implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which was ratified by the UK in 2009.

The Report draws attention to a number of significant human rights issues, including:

  • the need for freestanding legislation to protect the right to independent living in UK law;
  • the effect of current reforms to benefits and services on the ability of disabled people to enjoy independent living;
  • the role played by the UNCRPD in policy development and decision making at all levels of government;
  • the use of equality impact assessments;
  • the effects of devolution on implementation of the UNCRPD; and
  • hate crime.

On 2 July 2012, The JCHR published ‘Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living: Government Response to the Committee’s Twenty-third Report of Session 2010-12, HL Paper 23, HC 429’.

Click here for report on the Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living

Click here for report on the Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living: Government Response

R (on the application of Boyejo and others) v London Borough of Barnet and R (on the application of Smith) v Portsmouth City Council [2009] EWHC 3261 (Admin)

15 December 2009

Link to judgment

Discrimination ground

Summary of case
The Councils proposed to make changes in the provision of support services for people living in sheltered accommodation in respect of overnight cover.

The Councils had failed to give due regard to their Disability Equality Duty. The decisions should be quashed and the matter reconsidered.

What the Law Says

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The main legal provisions setting up the Equality Duty can be found in the Equality Act 2010 sections 149-157 and in schedule 19.

In order to help public bodies apply the Duty better, the Equality Act 2010 gave English, Welsh and Scottish Ministers powers to make regulations imposing specific duties on bodies specified in schedule 19. Consequently, there are different regulations for England, Wales and Scotland.