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Using the equality duties to make fair financial decisions

With major reductions in public spending, organisations in Great Britain may be required to make difficult financial decisions. The equality duties do not prevent public authorities from making difficult decisions such as reorganisations and relocations, redundancies, and service reductions nor do they stop public authorities from making decisions which may affect one group more than another.

What the equality duties do is enable public authorities to demonstrate that they are making financial decisions in a fair, transparent and accountable way, considering the needs and the rights of different members of their community. This is achieved through assessing the impact that changes to policies, procedures and practices could have on different equality groups.

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October 15, 2010

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