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Our equality objectives

The Equality Act came into force in October 2010 and replaced a range of previous anti-discriminatory laws within a single act.

It simplified the law by removing inconsistencies and making it easier to understand.

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

This duty came into force in April 2011. It supports good decision making by ensuring that public bodies consider how different people will be affected by their activities, helping them to deliver policies and services that meet different people’s needs. 

The Public Sector Equality Duty is made up of a General Equality Duty which is supported by specific duties. The General Equality Duty has three aims which are to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the act 
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it 
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it. 

What are the protected characteristics?

The protected characteristics are as follows:

  • Age 
  • Disability 
  • Gender or Sex 
  • Gender re-assignment 
  • Pregnancy and Maternity 
  • Race 
  • Religion or belief – including lack of belief 
  • Sexual Orientation 

Specific Duties

The Equality Act outlines specific duties on certain public bodies (of which South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is one) to enable them to perform the Equality Duty more effectively.  These specific duties are to:

Publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the Equality Duty at least annually

Set equality objectives at least every four years.

As a new organisation, which only came into existence in April 2013, we were given until 13th October to develop our Equality Objectives.

We have based our objectives on our values and strategic aims and more details about how we plan to achieve these objectives can be found in our Equality Delivery System action plan which is currently under development.

View our equality objectives