The socio-economic duty asks particular public authorities to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage. In particular, the duty aims to make sure that strategic decisions about the most important issues are carefully thought through so that they are as effective as they can be in tackling socio-economic disadvantage and reducing inequalities of outcome.
The Scottish Government wants to make sure that this duty is introduced in the right way, so that it can have maximum positive impacts. So it’s important to get implementation right and this consultation paper is a key way to make sure we do.
This consultation therefore asks for your views on these issues:
Section 1: Whether you agree with definitions of key terms
Section 2: Which public authorities the duty should apply to
Section 3: What public authorities could do to show they are meeting the duty and
Section 4: How public authorities could sensibly approach the links between different duties with a socio-economic focus
We would welcome views from anyone who has an interest in the issues raised by the duty. We would particularly like to hear from people with direct experience of poverty, from public authorities likely to be affected by the duty, and from organisations and individuals working on issues of poverty and disadvantage.
An easy read version of the consultation paper is also available on the Scottish
To show how the duty might work in practice, three case studies are set out in an Annex at the back of the consultation paper. These may help you answer some of the broader questions in the consultation document.