Public sector duty regarding socio-economic inequalities
(1)An authority to which this section applies must, when making decisions of a strategic nature about how to exercise its functions, 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. (2)In deciding how to fulfil a duty to which it is subject under subsection (1), an authority must take into account any guidance issued by a Minister of the Crown. (3)The authorities to which this section applies are—
(a)a Minister of the Crown;
(b)a government department other than the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service or the Government Communications Head-quarters; (c)a county council or district council in England;
(d)the Greater London Authority;
(e)a London borough council;
(f)the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a local authority; (g)the Council of the Isles of Scilly;
(h)a Strategic Health Authority established under section 13 of the National Health Service Act 2006, or continued in existence by virtue of that section; (i)a Primary Care Trust established under section 18 of that Act, or continued in existence by virtue of that section; (j)a regional development agency established by the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998; (k)a police authority established for an area in England.
(4)This section also applies to an authority that—
(a)is a partner authority in relation to a responsible local authority, and (b)does not fall within subsection (3),but only in relation to its participation in the preparation or modification of a sustainable community strategy. (5)In subsection (4)—
“partner authority” has the meaning given by section 104 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007; “responsible local authority” has the meaning given by section 103 of that Act; “sustainable community strategy” means a strategy prepared under section 4 of...
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