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The PSED was introduced through the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that public bodies take account of equality when carrying out their day-to-day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees.
The review was established to examine whether the PSED is operating as intended. The review did not recommend repeal of the PSED, but the Government agree with its conclusion that a full evaluation should be undertaken in 2016 when the Duty will have been in force for five years. Read the report in full.
The review has however identified a number of issues associated with the implementation of the PSED and makes recommendations for the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC), for regulators, for public bodies and for Government.
We will continue to work with the Government, the regulators and the EHRC to ensure that appropriate, timely and clear guidance is issued to employers as required.
If you have any questions about the PSED please email Paul.Deemer@nhsemployers.org.