On 5 April 2011 the public sector equality duty (psed) came into force in England, Scotland and Wales. This duty replaces the existing race, disability and gender equality duties.
Support the PSED
Are you affected disproportionately by stop and search policies? School exclusions? Low attainment in education? Poor access to public services?
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is the only provision within the law to fight such institutional discrimination.
The PSED is a legacy of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry where it was found that the police were institutionally racist. The Race Equality Duty was brought into force to address institutional racism and advance good relations and equality of opportunity. This Duty was later extended to Disability under the Disability Equality Duty in 2006 and to Sex under the Gender Equality Duty in 2007.
In 2010, under the Equality Act 2010, the Duty was extended to age, sexual orientation, transgender, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief and pregnancy and maternity. The duty is known as the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and it came into force in April 2011.