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.