Embedding the Public Sector Equality Duty into EIAs

In undertaking an EIA and identifying good practice and areas for development, the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) should be taken into account in relation to protected characteristic groups and the need to be proactive in:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from different groups where those needs are different compared to other groups.
  • Encouraging people from protected characteristic groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low
  • Tackling prejudice and promote understanding between people from different groups.

The analysis should describe how the work takes account of these needs.