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.
The inquiry in to the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence found that the police was institutionally racist. The inquiry made many important recommendations. See the recommendations
The recommendations from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry resulted in the amendment of race equality legislation. Thus the Race Relations Act 1976 as amended by the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 provided a statutory general duty to promote race equality, which applied to all public authorities. It is this duty that was extended to disability and sex and subsequently to a further five protected groups under the Public Sector Equality Duty. Read the recommendations
Twenty years after Stephen Lawrence's murder, what's changed?
The murder of Stephen Lawrence shocked Britain and forced the country to take a hard look at itself. On the 20th anniversary of his death, the guardian ask Robert Beckford, Helen Oyeyemi, Diane Abbott, Ashley Walters, Kele Okereke and Estelle what impact his death had on them and society. Read the full Guardian article