Part 1 Socio-Economic Inequalities (ss 1-3)
Part 1 Socio-Economic Inequalities (ss 1-3)
Equality Act 2010 | Legislation

1 Public sector duty regarding socio-economic inequalities

(1)     An authority to which this section applies must, when making decisions of a strategic nature about how to exercise its functions, have due regard to the desirability of exercising them in a way that is designed to reduce the inequalities of outcome which result from socio-economic disadvantage.

(2)     In deciding how to fulfil a duty to which it is subject under subsection (1), an authority must take into account any guidance issued [in accordance with subsection (2A)].

[(2A)     The guidance to be taken into account under subsection (2) is—

(a)     in the case of a duty imposed on an authority in relation to devolved Scottish functions, guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers;

[(aa)     in the case of a duty imposed on an authority in relation to devolved Welsh functions, guidance issued by the Welsh Ministers;]

(b)     in any other case, guidance issued by a Minister of the Crown.]

(3)     The authorities to which this section applies are—

(a)     a Minister of the Crown;

(b)     a government department other than the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service or the Government Communications Head-quarters;

(c)     a county council or district council in England;

(d)     the Greater London Authority;

(e)     a London borough council;

(f)     the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a local authority;

(g)     the Council of the Isles of Scilly;

(h)     . . .

(i)     . . .

(j)     . . .

(k)     a [police and crime commissioner] established for an area in England.

[(3)     The authorities to which this section applies are—

(a)     the Scottish Ministers;

(b)     Food Standards Scotland;

(c)     Keeper of the Registers of Scotland;