Public sector equality duty

The Equality Act 2010 is supported by a series of general and specific duties.

General duties

The general duties require us to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Specific duties

The specific duties require us to set and publish equality objectives every four years.

In December 2011, we agreed a number of high level equality objectives in through its Approach to Equality. In addition, the Council Plan agrees a further set of equality commitments in pursuit of its 'fairer future for all' vision.

The specific duties require us to publish information that demonstrate that the design and delivery of our services is appropriate for all those who use them and need to use them. It also helps us to understand changing trends, needs and demands so we can adapt our services to meet these challenges. This information helps make our organisation more transparent so you can monitor our performance.

Tackling inequality is crucial to:

  • increasing fairness and social cohesion
  • reducing health problems
  • helping people be independent and in control of their lives

We fund Southwark Citizens Advice Bureau to coordinate the Forum for Equalities and Human Rights (FEHRS). The Forum meets quarterly and is open to anyone in the borough with an interest in equalities and human rights. For statutory bodies, FEHRS meetings provide an opportunity to consult with a range of community agencies. If you'd like more information, contact or call 07766 028499. 

Discrimination overview

If you've been discriminated against in employment or in the provision of goods or services, you can receive local advice from:

Equality information

We use the process of quality monitoring to collect, store and analyse data about our employees and service users. It's useful to highlight possible inequalities, investigate their causes and remove unfairness or disadvantage. Monitoring provides data to help us review policies and for identifying areas that need improvement.


Page last updated: 11 July 2018