We call on the Prime Minister to tackle inequality by commencing section 1 of the Equality Act

The Prime Minister has promised to tackle social injustice and make ours a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.

The government has a powerful tool at its disposal: the socio-economic duty that forms the very first section of the Equality Act 2010. The duty requires strategic decision making by public bodies to:

‘have due regard to the desirability of exercising them in a way that is designed to reduce the inequalities of outcome which result from socio-economic disadvantage.’

Passed by Parliament in 2010, this duty has yet to be brought into force.

Commencing section 1 of the Equality Act will support transparency and evidence-based public policy. It will help the UK move towards ensuring an adequate standard of living for all, levelling the playing field between people from different socio-economic backgrounds.

As organisations and individuals committed to building a better society for all, we call on the Prime Minister to commence section 1 of the Equality Act.

  1. Just Fair
  2. Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust
  3. Women’s Budget Group
  4. Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust
  5. Andrew Copson, CEO, British Humanist Association
  6. UNISON
  7. Judith Moran, Director, Quaker Social Action
  8. Reverend Paul Nicolson, Founder, Taxpayers Against Poverty
  9. Professor Kate Pickett, University of York
  10. Professor Richard Wilkinson, University of Nottingham
  11. Dr Angela Donkin, Institute of Health Equity
  12. Professor Mike Savage, London School of Economics
  13. Jackie Longworth, Chair, Fair Play South West
  14. Tracey Lazard, CEO, Inclusion London
  15. Barry McDonald, Chair, Bromley Experts by Experience
  16. Andrew Lee, Director, People First (Self Advocacy)
  17. Joanne Munn, CEO, Greenwich Association for Disabled People
  18. Zeenat Jeewa, CEO, Asian People’s Disability Alliance
  19. Bill Phillips, Chair, Harrow Association of Disabled People
  20. David Stock, CEO, Southwark Disablement Association
  21. Salli Booth, Chair, Disabled People; 14% of Haringey (The 14%)
  22. Joyce Kallevik, Director, Wish
  23. Lucy Byrne, Chief Executive, Richmond Aid
  24. David Strong, Disability Advice Service Lambeth
  25. Odette Battarel, South East London Vision
  26. Roz Hardie, Director, Lewisham Disability Coalition
  27. Lisa Ehlers, CEO, Kingston Centre for Independent Living
  28. Linda Burnip, co-founder, Disabled People Against Cuts
  29. Caroline Collier, CEO, Inclusion Barnet
  30. Professor Paul Hunt, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health 2002-2008
  31. Professor Imti Choonara, University of Nottingham
  32. Professor David Gordon, University of Bristol
  33. Professor John Wright, Bradford Institute for Health Research
  34. Professor Helen Roberts, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  35. Dr Philippa Bird, Bradford Institute for Health Research
  36. Professor Peter Dwyer, University of York
  37. Dr Anna Pearce, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  38. Professor John Frank, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh
  39. Professor David Taylor-Robinson, University of Liverpool
  40. Professor Nick Spencer, Emeritus Professor of Child Health, University of Warwick
  41. Emeritus Professor Alan Maynard, Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  42. Professor Tim Doran, Professor of Health Policy, University of York
  43. Professor Becky Tunstall, Professor Emerita of Housing, University of York
  44. Dr Alice Donald, Middlesex University
  45. Dr Elspeth Webb, Honorary Professor of Child Health, Cardiff University
  46. Professor Lorna McGregor, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
  47. Rev Dr Richard Frazer, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council
  48. Professor Sir John Hills, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  49. Professor Nicola Lacey FBA CBE, School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  50. Anne Kildunne, University of York
  51. Professor Matt Matravers, Director, Morrell Centre for Toleration, University of York
  52. Professor Colin Tyler, Professor of Social and Political Thought, University of Hull
  53. Women’s Resource Centre
  54. Christine Jackson, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Hull
  55. Lizzie Ette, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Hull
  56. Dr Anjula Gupta, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Tutor, University of Hull
  57. Lizzie Barmes, Professor of Labour Law at Queen May University of London, Co-director of QMUL School of Law’s Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD)
  58. Baroness Glenys Thornton, CEO, The Young Foundation 
  59. Equality and Diversity Forum (29 members, 32 associates and 14 observers)
  60. Child Poverty Action Group
  61. Race on the Agenda