On 18 August 2016, the Government Equalities Office published a consultation on Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Public Sector Employers. The consultation ran from 18 August to 30 September.
Close the Gap is a partnership project working in Scotland on women’s participation in the labour market. The project works with employers, employees and policymakers to enable and encourage action to address the causes of women’s inequality at work.
The 2016 judicial diversity statistics were published on 28 July 2016 showing the figures for April 2016.
The statistics show that in April 2016:
- The number of woman Court of Appeal Judges remains the same as last year at eight out of 39 (21 per cent).
- Twenty two out of 106 High Court Judges are women (21 per cent). In April 2015 the number was 21 (20 per cent).
- In the courts the percentage of female judges has increased from April 2015 to April 2016 from 25% to 28%. In tribunals it remained stable at 45%.
- The number of female Circuit Judges increased from 146 in April 2015 to 160 in April 2016 (from 23 per cent to 26 per cent)
- More than half (51 per cent) of the 85 courts judges under 40 years of age are women (53% last year). In tribunals, 64 per cent of the 56 judges under 40 are women (56% last year)
- The percentage of judges who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic is 5% in courts (6% last year), and in tribunals 9% (stable since 2015). This is higher for judges under 40 – 8% (6% last year) for courts and 14% (15% last year) for tribunals
- A third (34%, compared with 36% in 2015) of court judges and two thirds (65%, compared with 67% in 2015) of tribunal judges are from non-barrister backgrounds, This varies by jurisdiction for both courts and tribunals, with judges in lower courts more likely to come from a non-barrister background.
The Scottish Government is consulting on proposals for a Child Poverty Bill. The proposals include:
- Enshrining in legislation the ambition to eradicate child poverty
- Reinstating statutory income-based targets to reduce the number of children living in poverty
- Placing a duty on Scottish Ministers to develop a Child Poverty Delivery Plan, and to report on annually on their progress towards delivering that plan.
The consultation opened on 8 August and closed on 30 September 2016.
In August 2016, the Labour Party’s Shadow Women and Equalities team launched a race equality consultation seeking views on tackling racism and discrimination in modern Britain. There is currently no closing date for the consultation.
This will help inform the work of the party’s Race Equality Advisory Group and will draw together views on the policy direction of BAME engagement whilst working with Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities on developing the Labour Party’s race equality strategy.
A report on sexual harassment in the workplace has found that 52% of women, and nearly two-thirds (63%) of women aged 18-24 years old, said they have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work.
Still just a bit of banter? Sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016 was published by the TUC in association with the Everyday Sexism Project in 2016.
In August 2013, Citizens Advice published research exploring the health and disability employment gap. It finds that people who are disabled or have a health condition can face a range of barriers to work. They are much less likely to be employed and are twice as likely to fall out of work. In order to help more people get into employment, support from employers and the benefit system needs to improve.
Kick It Out launched a new anti-hate initiative in August 2016.
Call Full Time On Hate aims to unite football to tackle rising levels of hate in football and wider society.
Ahead of the start of the new season, Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation is calling on the collective force of the game to ‘Call Full Time On Hate’.
The initiative – running throughout the 2016/17 season – also aims to highlight the positive messages of inclusion echoed by football authorities, clubs, players, managers and supporters.
Kick It Out has been tackling discrimination, promoting equality and supporting victims of discrimination in football for over 20 years and wants to see the game remain open and inclusive.
The Good Parliament report by Professor Sarah Childs, University of Bristol, shows that the House of Commons is not as representative as it might be; its membership remains disproportionately white, male and elite