Scottish Government commitment to Equality Act socio-economic duty

On 25 May 2016, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave a speech outlining the Scottish Government’s programme for the next five years, including a commitment to enforce the socio-economic duty in the Equality Act 2010.

In relation to poverty and equality she said:

We will continue to take action across a range of fronts to tackle poverty and inequality.

We will shortly publish a Fairer Scotland Action Plan.

We will also implement all of the recommendations of the independent Poverty Adviser and we will commence the socio-economic duty contained in the 2010 Equalities Act.

Over the next few weeks, I will also reappoint an independent poverty advisor.

And we will bring forward early legislation for 50:50 gender balance on public boards.