Socio-Economic Disadvantages

July 17th, 2020 by James Goudie KC

It is now over 10 years since the enactment of the Equality Act 2010. Yet the UK Government has not elected to commence Part 1 of the Act. Part 1 relates to socio-economic inequalities. It consists of Sections 1-3 inclusive. It has been commenced in Scotland. The Welsh Government has now announced that it will come into force in Wales on 31 March 2021. The announcement is accompanied by non-statutory Guidance, “ A More Equal Wales : Preparing for the commencement of the Socio-Economic Duty “, accompanied by a Factsheet.

The duty is a requirement on relevant bodies, which include local authorities, when taking “ strategic decisions”, to “have due regard” to the need to reduce the “ inequalities of outcome” resulting from “ socio-economic disadvantages”.

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