The Socio-economic duty – a Diverse Cymru fact-sheet.
What is it?
Considering outcomes of decisions
The duty asks public authorities (laid out below) to consider how decisions may increase or decrease socio-economic inequalities. It will come into force on the 31st March 2021.
Who does it apply to?
Those who satisfy the test set out in section 2(6) of the Equality Act.
|– The Welsh Ministers||– Special health authorities|
|– A local authority||– A fire and rescue authority|
|– A local health board||– A national park authority|
|– An NHS trust||– Welsh revenue authority|
What should happen in practice?
The overall aim of it is to make decision-making more fair by understanding the views and needs of the people impacted by a decision, by consulting and engaging actively with those people, and taking account of that, alongside evidence.
Why is it important?
The duty aims to tackle a problem.
There’s a clear link between socio-economic disadvantage and inequality. The socio-economic duty hopefully means the bodies mentioned above can do things differently, and reduce poverty in Wales.