Policy and law

This section contains information about new and recent equality and human rights legislation, proposed legislation, regulations and policies, mainly in the United Kingdom and Europe.

House of Lords committee on Government proposals to scrap Human Rights Act

May 12, 2016
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The House of Lords European Union Committee has heavily criticised Government proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights in their report released in May 2016.
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Appointment of new EHRC Chair and Scotland Commissioner

May 12, 2016
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David Isaac's appointment as the new Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was confirmed in April 2016.
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European agreement on web accessibility directive

May 12, 2016

In May 2016, negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed on the first EU-wide rules to make the websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies more accessible.
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Civil Service Talent Action Plan 2016

April 1, 2016
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In March 2016, the Government published 'Talent Action Plan for 2016, Removing the barriers to success'.
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Scottish Government: Race Equality Framework 2016-2030

April 1, 2016
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In Spring 2016, the Scottish Government published its Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030, showing how the government aims to make progress towards racial equality.
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Government strategy to end violence against women and girls

March 18, 2016
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The government strategy for 2016 to 2020 to end violence against women and girls provides an overview of the wide range of actions the government will be taking towards its strategy of ending violence against women and girls.
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Government proposal for university ‘transparency duty’

February 3, 2016
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In January 2016, the Prime Minister announced plans to require universities to publish statistical data on admissions by gender, class and ethnic background.
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Review of racial bias in the Criminal Justice System

February 3, 2016
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In January 2016, the Prime Minister announced a review of the Criminal Justice System to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities.
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Immigration Bill and NHS charging proposals

February 1, 2016

The Immigration Bill 2015-2016 was published in September 2015. A consultation on extending charging for overseas visitors and migrants who use the NHS closed on 7 March 2016.
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Review into the care and management of transgender offenders

January 7, 2016
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A Review into the care and management of transgender offenders was announced in December 2015.
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Government announcement of new measures to eradicate gender pay inequality

November 9, 2015
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On 25 October 2015, the Prime Minister announced new measures to eradicate gender inequality in the work place and remove barriers to women’s success.
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Government pledge to reduce discrimination through ‘name blind’ recruitment

November 9, 2015
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On 27 October the Government announced a pledge to recruit on a ‘name blind’ basis to address discrimination.
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Council of Europe factsheet on gender equality standards

October 2, 2015
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In 2015 the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Unit published a brochure bringing together the main Council of Europe instruments on gender equality and women’s rights.
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Taskforce to help reduce violence against women and girls on university campuses

September 17, 2015
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A taskforce to help reduce violence against women and girls on university campuses was announced by Business Secretary Sajid Javid on 6 September 2015.
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Government memo on human rights and the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

September 17, 2015
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In September 2015, the Government published a 'Memorandum to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015'.
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European Commission Roadmap to address the challenges faced by working families

August 18, 2015

In August 2015, the European Commission published a Roadmap as part of an initiative to address the low participation of women in the labour market.
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Declaration on UK government progress since Girl Summit 2014

August 3, 2015
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A cross-government declaration outlining the UK’s progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage was published on 22 July 2015.
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July 2015 budget – and the impact for equality and social justice

July 9, 2015
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his summer Budget to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2015.
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New legislation to replace the Child Poverty Act 2010

July 9, 2015
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On 1 July 2015, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, announced new legislation to replace the Child Poverty Act 2010.
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GEO post-legislative memorandum – the Equality Act 2010

July 9, 2015
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In July 2015, the Government Equalities Officer published a memorandum providing a factual account of developments since the Equality Act 2010 received Royal Assent.
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Women and Equalities Select Committee

June 29, 2015
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Maria Miller was elected as chair of the Women and Equalities Committee in June 2015. The Committee will examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government Equalities Office (GEO).
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The Scotland Bill 2015

June 17, 2015
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The Scotland Bill 2015 was introduced into Parliament on 28 May 2015. It includes a clause covering the implications for the Scottish Parliament's competence to legislate on equalities.
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Government memoranda on the European Union Referendum Bill

June 1, 2015
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On 28 May 2015, the Government published memoranda explaining the government's assessment of the European Union Referendum Bill.
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Mandatory gender pay gap reporting

March 30, 2015
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A government amendment to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-2015 will introduce mandatory gender pay reporting for large companies.
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EHRC Business Plan for 2015/16

March 30, 2015
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Three new projects are at the centre of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s new Business Plan for 2015/16.
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Scottish Government Equality Budget for 2015-16

March 25, 2015
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The Scottish Government announced the Equality Budget for 2015-16 in March 2015.
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Successful challenge to Legal Aid Regulations

March 16, 2015

A Divisional Court judgment of 3 March 2015 ruled that the judicial review regulations that came into force in April 2014 are unlawful.
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UK Government statement: UN Commission on the Status of Women

March 16, 2015
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On 11 March 2015, Baroness Northover delivered the UK statement on gender equality at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
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European Parliament opinion on accession to the Human Rights Convention

March 16, 2015

In February 2015, an opinion by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) was published.
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Court ruling on discrimination against Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers

February 17, 2015

In January 2015, the High Court ruled that the conduct of the Communities Minister in relation to certain planning decisions amounted to indirect discrimination against Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers.
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