The new Wales Act 2017 gives a powerful tool to the Welsh Government to tackle socio-economic inequalities. Section 45 of the Wales Act empowers the Welsh administration to commence the socio-economic equality duty of the Equality Act 2010 in Wales. This duty requires public bodies “when making decisions of a strategic nature about how to exercise [their] functions [to] 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” (section 1).
Despite being adopted in 2010, the UK Governments since then have refused to bring section 1 of the Equality Act into force. This refusal was criticised by the UN in 2016, which denounced that the Government was not doing everything within its power regarding non-discrimination in relation to economic and social rights.
The Equality Trust and Just Fair urge theEquality, Local Government and Communities Committee of the National Assembly to recommend the Welsh Government to bring section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 to life in order to address inequalities of outcome and socio-economic disadvantage in Wales.