What are the specific public sector equality duties in Wales?

The Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) (Wales) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/1064) provide for specific duties for relevant Welsh public authorities, aimed at enabling them better to perform, and demonstrate their compliance with, the general public sector equality duty. The Regulations apply to public authorities listed in part 2 of sch.19 to the Equality Act 2010.

The Regulations provide for specific duties relating to:

  • equality objectives;
  • engagement;
  • impact assessments;
  • equality information;
  • employment information;
  • pay differences;
  • staff training;
  • strategic equality plans;
  • procurement;
  • annual reporting;
  • publishing;
  • Welsh Ministers' reporting;
  • review; and
  • accessibility.

To comply with the deadlines under the Regulations, relevant Welsh public authorities must:

  • publish equality objectives, which should be reviewed at least every four years;
  • have made a strategic equality plan by no later than 2 April 2012, which can be revised or remade at any time;
  • "from time to time", carry out an assessment of their activities in relation to compliance with the general duty and publish relevant equality information;
  • publish an annual report on compliance with the general duty in relation to a reporting period of 1 April to 31 March. The report can include specified employment information; if this is not included in the annual report, it must be published separately on an annual basis.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published detailed guidance on the public sector equality duties in Wales.