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.

New measures to end FGM on International Day of Zero Tolerance

February 17, 2015
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New measures aimed at bringing an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK were announced on 6 February 2015 - International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.
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Update on the Deregulation Act and EDF briefings

January 30, 2015
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The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015.
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EU Court of Justice ruling on obesity discrimination

January 6, 2015

On 18 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a preliminary ruling in a case of alleged discrimination on grounds of obesity, referred to it by a Danish court.
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Judges find legal aid guidance on exceptional cases ‘unlawful’

January 6, 2015

Government guidance on who is eligible for legal aid in exceptional cases was ruled 'unlawful' by the Court of Appeal on Monday 15 December 2014.
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Older workers’ scheme to tackle age discrimination

January 6, 2015
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In December 2014, the Government announced the roll-out of an 'older workers' champion scheme across every part of the UK to tackle age discrimination, from April 2015.
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The Care Bill and NGO responses and briefings

December 12, 2014
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The Care Bill introduced in May 2013 brings together existing care and support legislation.
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Modern slavery strategy launched

December 1, 2014
gov.uk

Launched in November 2014, the modern slavery strategy sets out the Government's comprehensive cross-government approach to tackling modern slavery.
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Mental Health Taskforce announced

December 1, 2014
gov.uk

On 24 November 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that he will establish and chair a new Mental Health Taskforce.
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CEDAW and CRC Call on States to End Harmful Practices Against Women and Girls

December 1, 2014
United Nations General Assembly

On 4 November 2014, CEDAW and CRC issued joint General Recommendation No. 31/General Comment No. 18 on harmful practices.
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SCVO: Quick guide to Smith Commission Report

December 1, 2014

In November 2014, SCVO published its 'Quick guide to Smith Commission Report' identifying powers to be devolved to Scotland, including those relating to equality, employability and welfare proposals.
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Church of England approves women bishops

November 19, 2014
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On 17 November 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.
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Restorative justice action plan and progress report

November 18, 2014
gov.uk

The 'Restorative justice action plan: 2014' commits the Government to developing a more strategic and coherent approach to the use of restorative justice in England and Wales.
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The Serious Crime Bill and related material

October 23, 2014
gov.uk

Overarching documents on the Serious Crime Bill, including supplementary memorandum and fact sheets, were updated on 23 October 2014.
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Policy paper on Scottish devolution

October 20, 2014
gov.uk

A Command Paper published on 13 October 2014 sets out the proposals of the 3 main UK political parties for further devolution, including some proposals relating to equality legislation.
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Government employment review

October 20, 2014
gov.uk

On 6 October 2014, the Business Secretary launched a 'wide-ranging employment review to help clarify and potentially strengthen the employment status of workers'.
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Regulations to ensure employers meet equal pay legislation requirements

October 20, 2014
gov.uk

On 1 October 2014, the Government announced the introduction of regulations to ensure employers meet equal pay legislation requirements.
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Update on child poverty strategy and consultation

October 20, 2014
gov.uk

'Setting the 2020 persistent child poverty target. Government consultation response' was published in October 2014.
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Regulations for converting civil partnerships into marriages

October 20, 2014
gov.uk

Revised regulations setting out the process for the conversion of civil partnerships into marriages were laid before Parliament on 15 October 2014.
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Update on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

October 7, 2014
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'The Government response to the Second Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution Session 2014/15: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill' was published in September 2014.
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ECHR factsheet on gender identity issues

October 7, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) published an updated factsheet on gender identity issues in August 2014.
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Appointment of European Commissioner for Gender Equality

September 26, 2014

In September 2014, Věra Jourová was appointed the first Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
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Commission investigation of discrimination in Metropolitan Police Service

September 26, 2014
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On 22 September 2014, the EHRC announced an investigation into unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation of employees by the Metropolitan Police Service.
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The Accessible Britain Challenge

September 15, 2014
gov.uk

The vision of the Accessible Britain Challenge is for communities to become more inclusive and accessible by engaging and working with disabled people to remove barriers that get in the way of them being full and active contributors in their community.
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Updates to Government disability strategy

September 15, 2014
gov.uk

In September 2014 the Government published updates on its disability strategy and documents showing the progress that has been made.
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Scottish Government call for powers on female boards

September 15, 2014
The Scottish Government

In August 2014, the Scottish Government called for further powers to deliver at least 40 per cent female representation on public boards.
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Launch of ‘Best Use of Stop and Search scheme’

September 4, 2014
gov.uk

On 26 August 2014, Home Secretary Theresa May officially launched a new scheme to reform police use of stop and search powers.
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Liberal Democrats policy paper: Expanding Opportunity, Unlocking Potential

September 4, 2014
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The Liberal Democrats policy paper: Expanding Opportunity, Unlocking Potential was published in September 2014.The Liberal Democrats policy paper: Expanding Opportunity, Unlocking Potential was published in September 2014.
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Policy priorities and recommendations on racial equality in Northern Ireland

July 10, 2014
Equality Commision Northern Ireland ECNI

The ECNI's race equality policy paper highlights the need to combat prejudicial attitudes and to develop robust and reliable statistical information to better target and monitor key policies and actions.
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Criminalisation of forced marriage

June 27, 2014
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Legislation introduced on 16 June 2014 makes forcing someone to marry against their will a criminal offence.
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Future EU presidencies – priorities for rights and justice

June 27, 2014

In June 2014, the Council of the European Union published the Council's 18 month programme from the future Italian, Latvian and Luxembourg Presidencies.
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