Views and experiences of the public sector equality duty (PSED): qualitative research to inform the review

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Arthur, Sue; Mitchell, Martin; Graham, Jenny
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 September 2013
Employment, Disabled people, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This piece of qualitative research was carried out to inform the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) carried out by the Government Equalities Office (GEO. The general view from participants was that PSED either was working well or had the potential to do so and was seen as less of a burden than prior legal duties. The principles were felt to be simpler and easier to grasp than previous equality requirements. To address potential under-compliance and issues of accountability, some called for improved enforcement of the duty, greater clarity of the penalties for non-compliance and the creation of outcome-based measurement frameworks.

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