EHRC report on ‘Crime and disabled people’

In September 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published Crime and disabled people: Measures of disability-related harassment, 2016 update.

This report provides the latest data for England, Wales and Scotland against the following Manifesto for Change measures, with analysis of change over time:

  • number of victims of hate crimes
  • proportion of disability-related crime incidents reported to the police
  • satisfaction with police handling of crime incidents
  • experience of any crime in the previous 12 months
  • worry about being a victim of crime

A British Sign Language video of the executive summary is available.

Supporting data for the report is also available to view and download.

Call for input: research on the impact of public spending reductions on LBG&T people

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UNISON has commissioned NatCen Social Research to explore whether and how reductions to public spending of recent years have affected LBG&T people.

This study will help UNISON better understand and re-act to the effect of reductions to public spending on services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

NatCen is inviting people who have used and/or provided LGB&T services to contribute by making a short written submission (before midday on Tuesday 2o September 2016), taking part in a telephone interview or both.

Research details

Research details (pdf)

How to contribute

Government audit to tackle racial disparities in public service outcomes

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On 27 August 2016, the Prime Minister Theresa May launched an audit of public services to reveal racial disparities and to help end the injustices that many people experience.

The Prime Minister has ordered Whitehall departments to identify and publish information showing how outcomes differ for people of different backgrounds, in a range of areas including health, education and employment.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission welcomed the announcement of the audit.

UN race committee concerns about post-referendum increase in UK hate crimes

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On 16 August 2016, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its concluding observations on the twenty-first to twenty-third periodic reports of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The report states:

The Committee is seriously concerned at the sharp increase in the number of racist hate crimes especially in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the weeks prior to and following the referendum on the membership of the European Union held on 23 June 2016. In particular, the Committee is deeply concerned that the referendum campaign was marked by divisive, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric, and that many politicians and prominent political figures not only failed to condemn it, but also created and entrenched prejudices, thereby emboldening individuals to carry out acts of intimidation and hate towards ethnic or ethno-religious minority communities and people who are visibly different.

The Committee welcomed the Government’s plan for tackling hate crime and the Scottish National Action Plan for Human Rights but was concerned that:

the proposal to replace the Human Rights Act of 1998 with a new British Bill of Rights may lead to decreased levels of human rights protection in the State party…

The report also expresses concerns about:

the reduction of the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) following the adoption of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, as well as the reduction in the resources of the EHRC

EHRC race report: ‘Healing a divided Britain’

On 18 August 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy.

The report represents the biggest ever review into race inequality in Great Britain, providing a comprehensive analysis on whether our society lives up to its promise to be fair to all its citizens.

It looks across every area of people’s lives including education, employment, housing, pay and living standards, health, criminal justice, and participation. It examines where we are making progress, where we are stalling and where we are going backwards or falling short.

Gender pay gap reporting: section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 enforcement

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The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No.11) Order 2016 (SI 839/2016) brought section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 into force on 22 August 2016, allowing the draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 to be brought into force in due course.

This is the provision enabling Regulations to be made requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women. A final version of the Regulations is yet to be published.

Once the new regulations come into force, which is expected to be on 1 October 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission will update the gender pay gap part of its website to reflect the latest legislation.

Judicial diversity statistics and report

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.

First Progress Report – Judicial Diversity Committee of the Judges’ Council