Jane Hutt MS, Deputy Minister & Chief Whip
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.