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A More Equal Wales – Commencing the Socio-economic Duty

A priority for the Welsh Government is to take action to safeguard equality and human rights, particularly in the context of Brexit. One piece of this work is through commencing the socio-economic duty – a commitment from the First Minister’s election manifesto.

This involves enacting Part 1, Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 – the socio-economic duty. It will requires specified public bodies, when making strategic decisions such as ‘deciding priorities and setting objectives’, to consider how their decisions might help to reduce the inequalities associated with socio-economic disadvantage.

It is proposed that the duty will apply to the following eligible public bodies, as they are deemed to have satisfied the (‘test’ under section 2(6) of the Equality Act 2010:

  • Welsh Ministers;
  • Local Health Boards;
  • NHS Trusts;
  • Welsh Special Health Authorities (HEIW);
  • Local Authorities;
  • Fire and Rescue Services;
  • Welsh Revenue Authority; and
  • National Park Authorities.

A consultation was launched on 22 November 2019 which will run for a period of eight weeks, closing on 17 January 2020. It seeks the views from members of the public and key stakeholders on which public bodies should be captured by the duty and how the duty is implemented.

A series of Consultation events will run throughout Wales while the consultation is open, please contact the Socio-economic Mailbox to register your interest.

The responses to the consultation will be used to inform guidance to ensure the socio-economic duty works for public bodies to whom it applies and delivers for the people of Wales, Welsh Government welcomes your responses to the consultation.

The consultation is available at: https://gov.wales/equality-act-2010-commencing-socio-economic-duty.