Wales to widen Equality Act 2010 duty

As part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to tackling unequal outcomes caused by socioeconomic disadvantage, the Deputy Minister, Jane Hutt, has announced that it plans to make ‘rapid progress over the next few months with a view to the socioeconomic duty being commenced later this year’ – click here for her announcement.

Scotland implemented such a measure last year (click here for details) and for a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission concerning socio economic rights – click here.

Legal Aid closure

At the end of 2018 the BBC reported on the decimation of legal aid – with Wales a prime example.  TA Law of Swansea has now announced its withdrawal from legal aid.  It appears there may now only be two firms authorised to provide community care legal aid in the whole of Wales.

Measuring the Mountain

A Welsh Government funded research report into ‘What Really Matters in Social Care to Individuals in Wales’ can be accessed by clicking here. It contains some interesting material and a pie diagram (page 58) that suggests that the impact of the 2014 has not been ‘transformative’.