Socio-Economic Disadvantages

July 17th, 2020

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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