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The socio-economic duty: A powerful idea hidden in plain sight in the Equality Act

Koldo Casla in Oxford Human Rights Blog Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 asks public authorities to actively consider the way in which their policies and their most strategic decisions can increase or decrease inequalities. I am talking about the socio-economic duty. However, successive governments since 2010 have failed to commence it, to bring it to life in…

Inequality Is Not Inevitable: Campaigners Urge MPs To Support Socio-Economic Rights

Imogen Richmond-Bishop in Rights Info In the run-up to the May 2019 local elections, Just Fair along with Poverty2Solutions are approaching candidates for councillor and mayoral positions across the North East of England to ask them to be #1ForEquality by promoting the implementation of Section 1 of the Equality Act and socio-economic rights. 

Tackling Socio-Economic Inequality In The UK Is An Urgent Human Rights Issue

By Imogen Richmond-Bishop This article was published in Rights Info The UK is one of the most economically unequal societies in the global North. Inequality affects all people within society regardless of their income. Inequality can harm an individual’s physical and mental health, self-esteem, happiness, sense of trust and civic participation. On average people in deprived neighbourhoods in the UK live…

Today Wales could make a real difference for equality

By Koldo Casla and Imogen Richmond-Bishop The Plenary of the National Assembly for Wales is going to debate today a joint report on equality and Brexit presented by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee and the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee. In their report both committees recommend the Welsh government to bring the…

Just Fair’s Submission to the Women and Equalities Committee: ‘Enforcing the Equality Act: The law and the role of the EHRC’ Inquiry

The socio-economic duty offers a powerful lever to reduce the damaging gaps that harm us all. Equality defines a fair society. It should not be a postcode lottery. We urge the Women and Equalities Committee to consider recommending the Government to bring to life the socio-economic duty (Section 1) and the remaining uncommenced clauses, in…

Local authorities are paving the way to tackling inequality

By Koldo Casla This article was originally published by LGiU, the local democracy think tank. The Equality Act 2010 was a major step forward. It protects against direct and indirect discrimination in public services and harassment in the private sphere, including the workplace. Nine characteristics are protected within it: Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and…

Could the socio-economic duty be a way to reduce inequalities in the UK?

This piece was published in UKSSD blog. (Image credited to UKSSD) The UK Government committed to reducing inequalities through Sustainable Development Goal 10. Three years later things aren’t on track but is the socio-economic duty the solution we need? Koldo Casla from Just Fair explains.  By signing up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in…

Tackling Socio-economic Inequalities Locally

Just Fair report on Good practices in the implementation of the socio-economic duty by local authorities in England. The extent of wealth and income inequality is of widespread concern in England; yet there is no national policy agenda focused specifically on tackling disadvantage caused by socio-economic inequality, whether by reducing poverty or promoting inclusive growth. Since…

The duty on public authorities to reduce socio-economic inequality needs to be brought into force

This article was written by Koldo Casla and Jamie Burton and published in Legal Action Magazine. In December 2017, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced its own inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster (Following Grenfell: the human rights and equality dimension – statement from the Equality and Human Rights Commission). Unlike Sir Martin…

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The government are ignoring their obligation to measure inequality – parliament must compel them to do so

This article was featured on Labour List: The UK is one of the most economically unequal countries in the  developed world, and tax, public spending and social security policies in the austerity years only worsened the problem. Since 2010, the Labour Party has examined the impact of tax and social benefits on different groups. The model developed…