The Great Repeal Bill: white paper and member responses

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The government published a white paper on Brexit legislation in March 2017. The paper covered 12 key themes, including:

  • Trade: the UK is to come out of the single market and seek a new arrangement and free trade agreement with the EU.
  • Immigration: a new system to control EU migration will be introduced.
  • Expats: the government wants to secure an agreement with European countries on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and Britons living in Europe.
  • Devolution: giving more powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as decision-makers.

The government also included details of its Great Repeal Bill, designed to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and give Parliament the power to adopt parts of EU legislation into UK law.

Download the white paper.

Responses from EDF Associates
Liberty, March 2017

“This white paper has gaping holes where our rights should be. Where’s the guarantee to protect our EU rights so we don’t end up worse off than our neighbours across the Channel? Where’s the guarantee of proper democratic scrutiny?” – Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty

Responses from EDF Observers
EHRC, March 2017

“The government should use this golden opportunity to strengthen our own laws as we leave EU laws behind, including by introducing a constitutional right to equality that will make post-Brexit Britain fairer and more united.” –  Chair David Isaac

Social Mobility Commission report: the impact of family support on access to homeownership for young people

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Over the past few years, home ownership has become less affordable for young people in the UK. The Social Mobility Commission reported on the role of family support in home ownership in March 2017.

Key Findings

Trends in home ownership for first time buyers:

  • The proportion of young people looking to own a home has fallen significantly in the UK over the past twenty years.
  • Those that do become homeowners rely increasingly on borrowing from family.
  • Young people are buying their first property later than previous generations , For example, while in 1990 39% of 20-24 year old purchased their own homes, only just over 10% managed to do so in 2015.

Recent patterns of parental or family help with home ownership:

  • In England, the most popular form of financial help from family is a gift or loan from parents (34.1%) and the second most common form of help was inherited money, with 9.6%.
  • Comparing first time buyers who receive and do not receive parental help, first time buyers in England receiving money or a loan from their parents could buy at a younger age than those who did not receive such help (with a difference of some 2.6 years).

Trends in parental help over the past two decades:

  • Until recently, the proportion of first time buyers in England receiving money or loans from parents had increased from 20 to 30%. However, the current figure is 34.1%, an historic high.

Fawcett Society: Feminist Futures Conference – 18 November 2017

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Date: 18 November 2017
Location: St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH
Cost:  Fawcett Society will offer special discounted prices for their members and a one-time deal for non-members.

Join the Fawcett Society at their annual conference for a day of panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

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PolicyBristol: Women’s rights gained under EU law must not be lost in Brexit

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Much of the Brexit debate has been on the single market and freedom of movement. Gender has been all but cleansed from the Brexit political and media discourse, with barely a mention of investment in women’s equality, the social infrastructure and the institutions that might guarantee progressive gains from gender mainstreaming.

In a March 2017 article for PolicyBristol, Sue Cohen looks at the advancement of women’s rights under EU law – and what the UK must do in order to achieve gender equality. Continue reading “PolicyBristol: Women’s rights gained under EU law must not be lost in Brexit”