Publication of Public Sector Equality Duty Review and Government response

On 6 September 2013, the independent Steering Group’s report of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) review and Government response were published.

The review was announced in May 2012. It arose from the government’s Red Tape Challenge and was established to examine whether the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is operating as intended. A key aim of the PSED was to sensitise public bodies to equality while addressing the bureaucracy associated with the previous duties on race, disability and gender.

On 6 September, the Government also launched a consultation: ‘Judicial Review: Proposals For Further Reform’. The consultation includes exploring the potential for reform in relation to ‘the use of [Judicial Review] to resolve disputes relating to the public sector equality duty and whether there are suitable alternatives’. The consultation closes at midnight on 1 November 2013.

Click here for link to review, written ministerial statement and NatCen qualitative research to inform the review

Click here for ‘Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform’

Click here for details of Equality and Diversity Forum and other responses to the PSED review

Click here for TUC response (6 September) and click here for Touchstone blog by Ben Moxham, Policy Officer at the TUC (11 September)