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Public sector equality duty

The Equality Act 2010 says public authorities like an NHS hospital, a state school or the police must comply with the public sector equality duty or PSED. This is in addition to their duty not to discriminate against you.

This section explains what's meant by the public sector equality duty and how you can use it to challenge decisions or policies by a public authority which discriminate or disadvantage you because of who you are.

What's the PSED?

Explains what the public sector equality duty is and how public authorities must comply with it to make sure no-one is disadvantaged by their policies or decisions.

Who must comply with the PSED?

Lists the type of public authorities which must comply with the public sector equality duty. Also explains when private organisations or charities must comply, when carrying out public functions.

Must public authorities always comply with the PSED?

Explains the situations when public authorities don't have to comply with the public sector equality duty, covering judicial and immigration functions and age exceptions.

When can you use the PSED?

Explains when you can use the public sector equality duty to challenge decisions or policies which discriminate against you, or put you at a disadvantage.

Taking action

Things to think about before using the public sector equality duty to challenge a decision or policy which discriminates against you, or puts you at a disadvantage.

Making a complaint

Explains how to use the public sector equality duty to challenge policies or decisions of a public authority which you think discriminate against you or put you at a disadvantage, by making an informal or formal complaint.

Taking legal action

Things to think about when taking legal action against a public authority for failing to meet the public sector equality duty, covering judicial review, time limits and remedies.