The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is currently monitoring local authorities’ compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty by looking at information on their websites. The EHRC expects to see the following from local authorities in England:
- The authority’s current employee gender pay gap, along with information from the preceding two years (applicable where there are 250 or more staff).
- Equality information about both the authority’s employees (where there are 150 or more staff) and its service users. This should not simply be replication of census data, but information about the groups which use the different services that the authority provides.
- At least one equality objective which the authority thinks it should achieve, which needs to be specific and measurable.
The Essential Guide to the Public Sector Equality Duty can be found on EHRC’s website. The next reporting deadline is 30 March 2023.
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