Equality and Diversity

Equality objectives for Hampshire County Council

The Equality Act 2010 places a Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) on public bodies.

The general duty requires public bodies to pay due regard, in the exercise of their functions, to the following three aims

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, 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

The PSED is supported by a set of specific duties which are intended to help public bodies to carry out the above aims in a way that is tangible, transparent and accountable.

A key specific duty is to:

  • prepare and publish one or more measurable and specific equality objective(s)

Hampshire’s equality objectives

Hampshire’s objectives focus on three priority areas

  • improving equality of access to services for all communities
  • understanding the needs of the community
  • workforce action; ensuring best practice in recruitment and inclusion