Budget implications for equality and responses
The Chancellor, George Osborne, presented the 2011 Budget on 23 March.
Measures in the Budget relating to equality included the following:
- The ‘dual discrimination’ provisions in the 2010 Equality Act will not be implemented.
- The right to request flexible working to parents of 17 year olds (planned for April) will be repealed.
- The Government will consult to remove the requirement in the Equality Act 2010 for businesses to take reasonable steps to prevent persistent harassment of their staff by third parties.
- There will be a moratorium exempting micro-businesses and start-ups from new domestic regulation for three years from 1 April 2011.
- There will be funding for additional work experience placements for young people and apprenticeship places.
- Government will launch a public thematic review to reduce the stock of regulation and will launch a major drive to revise burdensome EU regulations and directives.
Click here for link to the Budget
Click here for response from Age UK
Click here for response from Citizens Advice
Click here for response from the Fawcett Society
Click here for response from the National AIDS Trust
Click here for response from the Runnymede Trust
Click here for response from TAEN
Click here for response from the TUC
Click here for paper on ‘The Impact on Women of the Budget 2011′ by the Women’s Budget Group (pdf)
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