Meeting the Fairer Scotland Duty

The Fairer Scotland Duty came into force in Scotland from April 2018. This event will examine how your organisation can place reducing inequalities at the heart of strategic decision-making to comply with the new duty.

Scotland continues to experience significant socioeconomic disadvantage

As of April 2018, public bodies will have a legal responsibility to actively consider how they can reduce socio-economic disadvantage. The Duty requires organisations to actively consider how to make decisions differently, placing tackling inequality at the heart of key decision-making.

Over one million Scots live in poverty, and low income is a key driver of a range of negative outcomes such as health inequalities, educational outcomes and material deprivation. The Duty places requirements on organisations to take this into account in any major strategic decision going forward.

Join us on 22 August as we examine the new requirements, how to comply with the new regulations for reporting strategic decision-making and how your organisation can take a holistic approach to implementation.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Understand how to comply with the new duty
  • Taking decisions at strategic level
  • Information gathering – how to adapt data and resources to meet the new requirements
  • Setting priorities and targets, and understanding socioeconomic disadvantage and how your organisation can find a way to work more systematically on these issues
  • How to allocate resources, prioritise and commission services

Who should attend?

This briefing is essential for those working within public sector bodies with responsibilities for decision-making, including: 
  • Local authorities: financing, estates, property and asset management, alongside community planning and development teams
  • Regional and specialist health boards and health and social care partnerships: property teams, public health professionals and estate managers
  • Policy professionals: policy managers, policy researchers working to mitigate socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Senior management, strategic level decision-makers in public bodies


09.30    Registration and Refreshments

10.00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Koldo Casla, Policy Director, Just Fair

10.05    Session 1: Policy and Overview

  • Compliance with the Duty and new regulations 
  • Landscape of social inequality and socio-economic disadvantage in Scotland
  • Understanding the Fairer Scotland Action Plan and how this will impact services going forward

10:05 Tackling Socio-economic Inequalities Locally: Good practices in the implementation of the socio-economic duty by local authorities in England

Koldo Casla, Policy Director, Just Fair

10.20    Questions and Comments


Hanna McCulloch, National Co-ordinator - Local Child Poverty Action Reports, Improvement Service

10.40    Roundtable Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Making Effective and Accurate Decisions

  • Taking decisions at strategic level in the context of public sector reform
  • Examining how effective decision-making can improve outcomes for people and communities
  • Planning strategy documents and setting organisational priorities to comply with the duty


Rory Alexander, Partner, Planning and Local Government, Morton Fraser

Lynda Towers, Director, Public Law, Morton Fraser

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Next Steps for your Organisation

  • Allocating resources to effectively address socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Setting targets to work more systematically within the duty and on issues of socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Commissioning services - how to make reasonable adjustments

Sharon Murphy, Community Planning Manager, Fife Council

Lyndsey Maricic, Policy Officer - Community Planning, Fife Council

14:10    Questions and Discussion


Peter Hunter, Head of Organising, UNISON Scotland

14.35    Questions and Discussion

14.50    Closing Remarks from Chair

15.00    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635
22 August 2018

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