Co P Specific Duties Consultation

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Co P Specific Duties Consultation

  1. 1. Synergies between the new equality duty and the Equality Framework • General duties – proposals in the Bill • Specific duties – now out for consultation
  2. 2. General duties •Public authorities, in the exercise of its duties, must have due regard to the need to: • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation • Advance equality of opportunity • Foster good relations – now applied to all strands
  3. 3. Advancement of opportunities •Public authorities need to have due regard in particular to: • Removing or minimising disadvantage • Meeting the needs of persons who share a relevant characteristic • Encouraging participation in public life or any other activity in which participation is disproportionately low
  4. 4. Fostering good relations •Public authorities need to have due regard in particular to: • Tackling prejudice • Promoting understanding
  5. 5. Proposals for specific duties • Key principles: • Use of evidence • Consultation and involvement • Transparency • Capability
  6. 6. Key changes • No requirement for equality scheme • Requirement to set equality objectives and action plans • No requirement for equality impact assessments, but requirement to demonstrate how have taken account of evidence of the impact on equality in the design of key policy and service delivery • No requirement for equality training • Public bodies with 150 employees to report on gender pay gap, ethnic minority and disability employment rates • Requirement to consult and involve in setting equality objectives
  7. 7. Procurement •In setting equality objectives set out how public procurement will help to deliver those objectives: • Consider use of equality related award criteria where they relate to subject matter of the contract • Consider incorporating equality related contract conditions where they relate to performance of the contract
  8. 8. Synergies with Equality Framework and CAA • Use of evidence – knowing your communities, equality mapping • Recognising different needs • Identifying disadvantage – equality gaps and improving outcomes • Consultation and involvement of protected groups • Transparency – use of evidence to set equality objectives • Reporting on under-representation on race and disability and gender pay gap • Equality considerations in the procurement process • Improving participation in public life of under-represented groups
  9. 9. Further information •The GEO are consulting on the specific duties. Information is available from •www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_bill •The IDeA will be co-ordinating a response. Please contact elizabeth.gardiner@idea.gov.uk to get involved.

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