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Theresa May axes Harman's Law

A legal duty forcing public bodies to help reduce inequality caused by class disadvantage is to be scrapped.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will say today that the Government is axing the measure, which had been dubbed “socialism in one clause”.

A ‘socio-economic duty’ on public bodies was written into the Equality Act by the then-Equalities minister Harriet Harman earlier this year.

However the duty – dubbed “Harman’s Law” - was never enacted, and the Coalition had been reviewing the measure.

Ministers have now decided not to enact it and will look at ways to repeal the measure.

In a speech today, Mrs May will say the Government is "scrapping Harman’s Law for good”, claiming that “it would have been just another bureaucratic box to be ticked".

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November 17, 2010

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