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As you know, income and wealth inequalities are severe problems in our country. Abundant evidence shows that inequality harms our physical and mental health, self-esteem, happiness, social mobility, trust and civic participation, and puts the enjoyment of human rights at risk.
The Equality Act 2010 was a significant step forward in tackling social inequalities in our society. Chief amongst its instruments was the Socio-economic Duty (Section 1), which would require public bodies ‘when making decisions of a strategic nature about how to exercise [their] functions’ 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’.
Unfortunately, to this day Section 1 remains one of the few uncommenced clauses of The Equality Act 2010.
The Socio-economic Duty offers a powerful lever for reducing the damaging gaps between us all.
I urge you to consider supporting EDM 591 on the commencement and enforcement of the Socio-Economic Duty.