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PSED: specific duties for Wales

This page covers the 'specific duties' for devolved Welsh bodies, which came into force on 6th April 2011. These specific duties support the 'general duty' aspect of the single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which took effect throughout Great Britain in April 2011.

The Public Sector Equality Duty has two parts, the general duty, and the 'specific' duties which are designed to support performance of the general duty.

Bodies subject to the Welsh specific duties

This page deals with specific duties under the regulations for Wales. The regulations apply to devolved bodies in Wales (as listed in Part 2 of Schedule 19 EqA), for example:

What the duties require

The Welsh regulations are much fuller than those for England. For example, they

Jane Hutt reaffirms commitment to Equality Impact Assessments in Wales (link to wales.gov.uk), in November 2012, is doubtless a response to David Cameron's speech about 'abolishing' the requirement for Equality Impact Assessments: PM's announcement on equality impact assessments is "surprising and puzzling" says expert (link to outlaw.com). Any policy change here by the Westminster government would not apply to devolved bodies in Wales and Scotland.

The Welsh specific duties came into effect on 6th April 2011. The regulations are the Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) (Wales) Regulations 2011 (link to legislation.gov.uk), approved by the National Assembly on 29th March 2011. There was a previous consultation (link to wales.gov.uk).

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