The socio-economic duty: a human rights remedy against austerity and inequality

This post was published in the blog of The Baring Foundation The Scottish government is currently consulting on the implementation of Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010, which would require public bodies to consider when making decisions how they would reduce the equalities of outcome resulting from socio-economic disadvantage. Just Fair is one of the organisations leading the #1forEquality campaign…

Joint Submission to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the introduction of the socio-economic duty

In October 2016, the Scottish Government announced that it intended to introduce the socio-economic duty contained in Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010. In July 2017, the Scottish Government reiterated this commitment and launched an open consultation. At the end of this process, Scotland will become the first part of the UK to bring…

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General Election: What do the manifestos say about the socio-economic equality duty?

This article was published in Left Foot Forward: The countdown is on to the General Election, and party manifestos have been coming thick and fast. There’s plenty of rhetorical commitment to a more equal and fair society, with the Conservatives proclaiming that they ‘abhor[s] social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality’, and Labour declaring itself ‘the…

Dear (local) candidate, are you #1forEquality?

  Despite it now grabbing all the headlines, we mustn’t forget that the snap General Election on 8 June will not be the only chance for many of us to cast our votes this year. Citizens living in Wales, Scotland and 35 councils, six combined authorities and two districts in England will go the polls…

The Fairness Four: Tackle Inequality and Poverty Where You Live (by The Equality Trust)

There are crucial local and Mayoral elections coming up across the UK in May so this is an ideal time to push for some simple policies that will materially reduce inequality and improve the quality of life where you live. To help everyone take action, we have come up with four asks – The Fairness Four –…

Joint Submission to the Inquiry into Human Rights in Wales by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee of the National Assembly for Wales

The new Wales Act 2017 gives a powerful tool to the Welsh Government to tackle socio-economic inequalities. Section 45 of the Wales Act empowers the Welsh administration to commence the socio-economic equality duty of the Equality Act 2010 in Wales. This duty requires public bodies “when making decisions of a strategic nature about how to…

Urgent Call on the Department for Work and Pensions to Reduce Inequality

The Equality Trust and Just Fair are urgently calling on the DWP to support the commencement of the socio-economic duty in section 1 of the Equality Act 2010. It introduced a duty on public bodies that required them “when making decisions of a strategic nature about how to exercise its functions [to] have due regard to the…

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Why Section 1?

We call on the UK Government to commence section 1. Fully in force, the Equality Act would require transparent assessments of how public bodies’ policies and decisions contribute to our unequal outcomes – and how they could help to close the gap.

Equality matters to human rights. We need a socio-economic duty

This post was published first on The Equality Trust blog on 25 January, 2017. The UK is one of the most unequal societies in Europe. Even though decreasing unemployment and low inflation have reduced income inequality for now, unfair taxes, stagnant incomes and unaffordable housing risk enlarging the wealth gap. It is not only about…