The Socio-economic Duty – maximizing opportunities for health and wellbeing for people and communities experiencing socio-economic disadvantage in Wales

The Socio-economic Duty came into force in Wales on the 31st of March 2021 and aims to deliver better outcomes for those who experience socio-economic disadvantage in areas such as health, life expectancy and educational attainment. Whilst public bodies have welcomed the Duty, research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission suggests it has not been fully implemented and more support is needed. The Socio-economic Duty is an opportunity to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and promote equality.

This webinar explored the implementation of the Duty in practice, provided additional guidance on systems leadership, using data effectively, engaging meaningfully and knowing how organisations have made a difference. The webinar explained how inequalities of outcome are linked to socio-economic disadvantage, with a strong focus on health.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what the Socio-economic Duty is and how organisations can implement the Duty
  • Understand the relationship between socio-economic disadvantage and inequalities of outcome
  • Recognise the Duty as an important opportunity to reduce health and other inequalities of outcome

Chair – Jo Peden, Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales
Lewis Brace – Public Health Policy Research Officer, Public Health Wales
Caroline McDonnell – Senior Public Health Practitioner, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Lee Parry-Williams – Senior Public Health Practitioner, Public Health Wales
Helen Flynn – Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns, Just Fair


June 2023

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