supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Scottish Government consultation on the Socio-Economic Duty
The socio-economic duty asks particular public authorities to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage. In particular, the duty aims to make sure that strategic decisions about the most important issues are carefully thought through so that they are as effective as they can be in tackling socio-economic disadvantage and reducing inequalities of outcome. These strategic decisions would include, for example, an economic development strategy; or an annual budget setting out key investment choices.
In 2017, Scotland will become the first part of the UK to introduce the socio-economic duty. The Scottish Government wants to make sure that this duty is introduced so as to have maximum positive impacts. So it’s important to get implementation right and this consultation is a key way to make sure they do.
Please note that in order to meet legislative timescales and enable the socio-economic duty to be introduced by the end of 2017, a shorter eight week period has been set for this consultation process.