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Review of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in Wales

Published: May 2014


The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Wales is interested in assessing progress of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in Wales in relation to the requirements of the duty, highlighting successful outcomes and identifying any barriers to implementation. We undertook an independent review to assist in the tracking and understanding of the PSED’s progress in Wales.


The value of the PSED was described, by participating organisations, as:

  • raising the profile of the equality agenda;
  • providing a clear structure and focus for equality work;
  • promoting cultures of inclusivity, fairness and respect.

The Welsh specific duties were valued by listed and non-listed bodies for providing clarity about what needed to be done to implement the duty.

All participating organisations could provide at least one example of evidence demonstrating progress related to the general duty. More typically organisations could give more than one example.

Greatest progress had been made in putting in place the foundations to do equality work. There was also some evidence of progress directly related to outcomes for service users and staff.

This study found no evidence of under-compliance. Compared to other research on the English specific duties this study also found more limited evidence of over-compliance, which is doing more than required as a result on a lack of clarity in guidance.

Key challenges for participating organisations arose from the insufficient signposting and sharing of practical information. This would help organisations know that they are approaching the PSED in the best way and avoid duplication of effort.

The research used two qualitative data collection methods:

  • 35 individual written submissions via a secure website;
  • 26 in-depth telephone interviews to explore specific themes in more depth.

52 individuals from 44 organisations were represented in the research, including listed public bodies, and organisations based in Wales operating in the spirit of the Welsh specific duties.


Read the report