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Jane Hutt MS, Deputy Minister & Chief Whip

First published:
16 July 2020
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

On 11 March this year I announced my intention to commence the Socio-economic Duty in Wales on 29 September 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 has made it necessary for all of us to reprioritise our business to reflect the unprecedented nature of the crisis, but I am now in a position to confirm that the Socio-economic Duty will be commenced this Senedd term, with a coming into force day of 31 March 2021.

Our communities are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. All of us will be aware, that certain groups are being affected more than others, including those who already experience inequalities as a result of socio-economic disadvantage.   

Commencing the Duty will be a key mechanism in supporting the most vulnerable in our society and something which will be extremely important in our continued response to COVID-19.

To support relevant public bodies in preparing for the future commencement of the duty, the Welsh Government published non statutory guidance on the 1 April, as well as additional documentation, specifically a factsheet and a ‘frequently asked questions’ document

The guidance has been informed by feedback received through the consultation and the engagement events held across Wales. It has been co-produced with representatives of the bodies expected to be captured by the duty, and the TUC, the Welsh Local Government Association and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.