The Socio Economic Duty

Closed 12 Sep 2017

Opened 18 Jul 2017

Results expected 23 Oct 2017


The socio-economic duty asks particular public authorities to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage. In particular, the duty aims to make sure that strategic decisions about the most important issues are carefully thought through so that they are as effective as they can be in tackling socio-economic disadvantage and reducing inequalities of outcome. These strategic decisions would include, for example, an economic development strategy; or an annual budget setting out key investment choices.

Please note that in order to meet legislative timescales and enable the socio-economic duty to be introduced by the end of 2017, a shorter eight week period has been set for this consultation process.

Download the full consultation paper

Why We Are Consulting

In 2017, Scotland will become the first part of the UK to introduce the socio-economic duty. The Scottish Government wants to make sure that this duty is introduced so as to have maximum positive impacts. So it’s important to get implementation right and this consultation paper is a key way to make sure we do.

This consultation is therefore seeking views on that basis

What Happens Next

We will seek to publish analysis of responses within 4 weeks of consultation closing date., with a view to commencing the Duty by the end of 2017.


  • People of Scotland


  • Building and Planning
  • Children and Families
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Public Sector
  • Health and Social Care
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Transport