Which public bodies should be subject to the new duty to consider the impact of their policies on consumers is the subject of a new Scottish Government consultation.

The duty arises under the Consumer Scotland Act 2020. The Act creates a new body, Consumer Scotland, to represent the needs of consumers, but it will be a small organisation investigating the most serious areas of consumer detriment in Scotland.

To achieve more comprehensive change to how consumers are considered and integrated into policy and decision-making, the Act also requires public bodies to consider for themselves their impact on consumers.

The Act does not specify which public bodies will be covered by this new duty – these will be set out in delegated legislation. The consultation proposes categories including central and local government, public ombudsmen, public corporations, executive agencies, non-ministerial offices, non-departmental public bodies, and other public authorities with the ability to procure frontline public services.

Click here to access the consultation. The deadline for responses is 26 November 2021.