Published: 26th Jul 2017

Campaigners and academics have warned the Scottish Government’s proposed new legal duty on councils to consider how they decisions can reduce poverty and inequality must not become a ‘tick box’ exercise. The Scottish Government announced earlier this month Scotland would become the first part of the UK to introduce a socio-economic duty on all public sector bodies. The plans, which are currently out to public consultation, will mean bodies like councils and the NHS must consider what more they can do to reduce poverty and inequality, whenever they make major decisions. The duty was first included in the UK government’s 2010 equality act, but was never implemented by ministers. Speaking to New Start, Professor John McKendrick from the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Unit at Glasgow University said ‘tackling poverty and reducing inequality is everybody’s business’ but warned ‘the devil will be in the detail’ with the new duty and ‘it … (To read the full article, subscribe below)