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In an important development in the fight against inequality, the Welsh Parliament voted on 10 of March to bring into force the socio-economic duty contained in S1 of the Equality Act 2010 to build ‘a more equal Wales’.  

This follows the Fairer Scotland Duty, which brought the duty into force in Scotland in April 2018.   

Unfortunately, the duty is not yet in force in England or Northern Ireland. However, there are a number of English local authorities who are acting in the spirit of the duty and taking steps to tackle socio-economic disadvantage. 

The duty offers a powerful tool for public authorities to actively consider the way in which their policies and decisions can address socio-economic inequalities.  

We continue to urge the UK Government to enact and implement the duty in England. 

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