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This podcast is aimed at those interested in discrimination law but is likely to be of most relevance to those working in public authorities. The podcast aims to examine the history and scope of the duty now contained in section 149 Equality Act 2010 imposing the requirement to have ‘due regard’ to the statutory equality needs on all public authorities. It discusses in depth – with a leading discrimination practitioner – what decision makers need to consider in order to avoid a successful challenge under the Act. This is likely to be of particular relevance at a time of competing policy priorities in the public sector due to spending cuts.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the background to the PSED and what it is intended to achieve;
  • Be aware of the status and relevance of the old case law following the enactment of the Equality Act 2010;
  • Know what the PSED requires of public authorities;
  • Understand the likely impact of the PSED on public authorities;
  • Know what is meant by the need to have ‘due regard’ to promoting equality;
  • Understand the role of the courts when applying the PSED;
  • Be aware of the arguments surrounding the status of the equality needs against other policy objectives, such as balancing the budget;
  • Understand the importance of the equality impact assessment in complying with the duty.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Case Update
Legislative Updates
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Equality Act 2010 s149;
  • R (Meany) v Harlow District Council [2009] EWHC 559 (Admin);
  • Secretary of State for Defence v Elias [2006] EWCA Civ 1293;
  • R (Baker) v Secretary of State for the Environment [2008] EWCA (Civ) 141;
  • R (Rahman) v Birmingham City Council [2011] EWHC 944 (Admin);
  • Pieretti v London Borough of Enfield [2010] EWCA Civ 1104;
  • R (Kaur & Shah) v London Borough of Ealing & Anor [2008] EWHC 2062 (Admin);
  • R (Harris) v The London Borough of Haringey [2010] EWCA Civ 703.

This podcast is about the public sector equality duty introduced under section 149 Equality Act 2010. It addresses the history and scope of the duty and what it means for decision makers in all public authorities.

Podcast added: 10/10/2011

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-05-28

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