(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;
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