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Local Government Finance

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the public sector duty regarding socio-economic inequalities in clause 1 of the Equality Bill will apply to his Department when it is allocating local government grants. (319033)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government Equalities Office leads on the Equality Bill.

The duty will apply to decisions of a strategic nature. As we made clear in our guide to the duty, we would expect central government departments to have regard to the duty, alongside other considerations, when making strategic funding decisions.