Consultations

This section of the website includes information about and links to some of the current calls for evidence and consultations on equality and human rights that have been published mainly – but not exclusively – by government departments. It also includes responses and summaries of responses to important consultations that are now closed.

Please note that the Equality and Diversity Forum does not endorse the material provided.

Children’s Commissioner submission to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

March 21, 2017
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The Children’s Commissioner for England submitted evidence to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in February 2017. This included recommendations to inform the Committee’s examination of the UK Government.
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EHRC inquiry and Call for Evidence: Housing for Disabled People

March 3, 2017
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The EHRC launched an inquiry into housing for disabled people in December 2016, and called for evidence in February 2017. Submissions from disabled people and relevant organisations should be made by 18 April 2017.
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WEC Report and EDF Response – Ensuring Strong Equalities Legislation After Brexit

February 28, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Select Committee published a report on ensuring strong equalities legislation after Brexit in February 2017, after an earlier inquiry. Our Chief Executive, Ali Harris, said "We welcome the four positive recommendations made by the committee which seek to embed equality into the UK legislative and policy framework, specifically aided by civil society organisations."
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WEC Call for Evidence: the Gender Pay Gap

February 21, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Select Committee has called for evidence on responses made by the Government to three recommendations made in the Committee's March 2016 report. Evidence should reach the Committee by 12 April 2017.
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Ministry of Justice Consultation – Help with Employment Tribunal Fees

February 20, 2017
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The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on proposals to provide more support with employment tribunal fees for people on lower incomes. The consultation closes on 14 March 2017.
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EDF and Government response – NHS charging proposals

February 17, 2017
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Responses to a consultation on proposals to further extend charging for overseas visitors and migrants who use the NHS; including the Royal College of Nursing, the TUC, and the Race Equality Foundation. The Government responded in February 2017.
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Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into asylum accommodation

February 17, 2017
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The Home Affairs Select Committee conducted an inquiry into accommodation for asylum seekers and published their report in January 2017.
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Ministry of Justice Consultation and Government Response – Transforming our Justice System

February 13, 2017
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The Ministry of Justice published a policy paper and launched a consultation on the future of the courts and tribunal service in September 2016. The Government responded in February 2017.
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APPG on Migration inquiry on Brexit and immigration

February 7, 2017
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration launched an inquiry in February 2017 into the experience and concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and public sector organisations in the area of migration. The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 28 February 2017.
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Work and Pensions Committee report – the Disability Employment Gap

February 6, 2017
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The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published their report on the disability employment gap in February 2017. The report noted that "Recent years have seen an increase in the number of disabled people in work, but too many disabled people are still being left behind in the labour market.
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EHRC consultation on their measurement framework

February 3, 2017
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a consultation into its measurement framework in January 2017. Written responses are welcomed with a closing date of 21 February 2017.
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Fawcett Society review – Sex Discrimination Law

January 30, 2017
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The Fawcett Society launched a review into sex discrimination law in post-Brexit Britain in January 2017. The review also considered current laws and how to best balance the rights of the individual with the responsibilities of the organisation.
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Women and Equalities Committee report on workplace pregnancy discrimination and Government response

January 26, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Committee report on Pregnancy and maternity discrimination calls for UK women to have protections similar to those in Germany after a 'shocking' increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade. In January 2017 the Government responded to the report.
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APPG on Social Mobility report – The Class Ceiling: Increasing Access to the Leading Professions

January 24, 2017
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility published their report 'The class ceiling: Increasing access to the leading professions' in January 2017. This report summarised the APPG's inquiry on access into leading professions and made recommendations.
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Government Consultation and EDF Response – Reforming the Employment Tribunal system

January 21, 2017
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The Government launched a consultation on reforming the Employment Tribunal system in December 2016. We responded to this consultation in January 2017.
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TUC workplace racism survey

January 19, 2017
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The Trades Union Congress launched a survey into Racism at Work in January 2017. The TUC is asking non-unionised as well as unionised workers to complete the survey.
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ONS update to Trans Data Position Paper

January 17, 2017
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The Office for National Statistics published an update to the 2009 Trans Data Position Paper in January 2017. The update covered legislation, the WEC Transgender Equality inquiry, data collection and question development worldwide, along with details of ONS research, testing and findings so far.
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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry: Are fathers being failed in the workplace?

January 16, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry in January 2017 as new research reveals that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children. Submissions should be received by 1 March 2017.
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WEC Report and Government Response – Employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK

January 6, 2017
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The House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities (WESC) published a report on employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK in July 2016, making 17 recommendations to tackle disadvantage in this area. The Government responded in December 2016.
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Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry on the Government’s proposed derogation from the ECHR

December 16, 2016
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The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry on the Government’s proposed derogation from the ECHR in December 2016. Written submissions are invited from interested groups and individuals. The deadline for submissions is Friday 31 March 2017.
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Home Affairs Select Committee investigation into anti-Semitism and Government response

December 16, 2016
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In April 2016, the Home Affairs Select Committee launched a short inquiry into anti-Semitism. The Committee published its report following the inquiry in October 2016. The Government responded to the report in December 2016.
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Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into mental health and deaths in prison

December 15, 2016
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The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry into mental health and deaths in prison in December 2016. The inquiry is accepting written submissions. The deadline for written submissions is Friday 3 February 2017.
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Inquiry: tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

December 9, 2016
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The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry to look at the inequalities experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, the effectiveness of policymaking, and what action the Government can take to tackle the inequalities. The consultation closed on Friday 27 January 2017.
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Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy

December 9, 2016
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The Prime Minister commissioned an Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy in October 2016. Matthew Taylor (the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of the Arts) will lead the review to consider how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.
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Justice Committee inquiry on courts and tribunals fees and charges – oral evidence session

December 9, 2016
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The House of Commons Justice Committee published its report on courts and tribunals fees in June 2016; the Government then responded in November 2016. The Committee has arranged to take oral evidence from Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Courts and Justice, in a one-off evidence session on Wednesday 14 December at 4.00pm, to discuss the Government Response.
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The Bach Commission on access to justice: EDF response and interim report

December 9, 2016
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The Fabian Society is providing the secretariat to Lord Willy Bach’s Commission on Access to Justice, which will explore establishing access to justice as a fundamental public entitlement. The deadline for submissions passed in May 2016. In November 2016 the Commission published an interim report, 'The crisis in the justice system in England & Wales'.
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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on ensuring strong equalities legislation after EU exit

November 23, 2016
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The Women and Equalities Select Committee launched an inquiry into ensuring strong equalities legislation following EU exit in October 2016. The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 9 November 2016. The Equality and Diversity Forum made a written submission. Other submissions can be seen on the Committee website.
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Lammy Review of BAME representation in the Criminal Justice System – emerging findings published

November 23, 2016
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The Lammy Review into BAME representation in the criminal justice system has launched its call for evidence. The review will look at the way the CJS deals with young people and adults from BAME backgrounds. The review published an interim report in November 2016.
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Government work, disability and health green paper and consultation

November 23, 2016
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The Government published a green paper, 'Improving Lives', on work, disability and health in October 2016. The Government also launched an open consultation seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The consultation is open until 17 February 2017.
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IPPR Commission on Economic Justice

November 23, 2016
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The Institute for Public Policy Research launched a Commission on Economic Justice in November 2016. The Commission will last for two years, publishing its final report in autumn 2018.
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