Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), a key measure in the Equality Act 2010, came into force in 2011. The PSED is a duty on public bodies and others carrying out public functions. The PSED requires us to publish information that shows how we comply with the 3 aims within the Equality Duty -

  • the elimination of unlawful discrimination
  • the advancement of equal opportunity
  • the fostering of good relations

Through meeting the PSED, we aim to make sure that all public bodies play their part in making society fairer. This is achieved by tackling discrimination and providing equality of opportunity for all.

Protected characteristics

The PSED makes sure that public bodies consider the needs of all protected characteristics in their day-to-day work. This involves shaping policy, delivering service and in relation to their own employees.

Protected characteristics are -

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership, in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race - this includes ethnic or national origin, colour and nationality
  • religion or belief - this includes lack of belief
  • sex or gender
  • sexual orientation

Find out more about protected characteristics

Equality information and data

To meet PSED, we provide equality information and data ranging from citywide statistics through to individual projects and programs for protected characteristics that ensure that the three aims of the PSED are achieved.

Our data and information is available to access on the Hull Data Observatory.