The Scottish Government is bringing forward a new socio-economic duty for the public sector.
This duty means that key public bodies - like local councils and the NHS - will have to think carefully about how they can reduce poverty and inequality whenever they make the big decisions that are important to all of us.
These decisions include, for example, an economic development plan; or an annual budget setting out spending priorities. Scottish Community Development Centre has submitted a response to the Scottish Government's recent consultation paper on the duty. In summary, we propose that the duty requires the public sector to support people experiencing poverty to be at the heart of efforts to address socio-economic inequality.