This Practice Note examines the scope and requirements of the specific public sector equality duties which apply in Wales in addition to the general public sector equality duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, enabling listed public authorities to achieve improved equality outcomes in compliance with the general duty. It covers the requirements in relation to the equality objectives, engagement, relevant information, equality impact assessments, monitoring, employment information, training, pay differences and action plans, strategic equality plans, annual reports, disclosure and accessibility of information, disclosure and confidentiality, public procurement and the duties of Welsh Ministers.
Certain public authorities are under a duty to secure continuous improvement in the way in which their functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness. This duty includes the duty to consult, and the duty to have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This Practice Note explains how the duty is relevant to an authority, and specifically who it applies to. It then discusses the three key elements of the best value duty, highlighting what is required under each one. The note concludes with enforcement methods and the implications on outsourcing.
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