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.

Human Rights Committee takes evidence on the work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

June 16, 2014
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On 14 May 2014, the Joint Committee on Human Rights heard evidence on the work of the Equality and Human Rights Committee.
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EU Procurement Directive covering equal treatment

June 2, 2014

EU member states have two years to implement the procurement Directive that came into force on 17 April 2014, confirming that the principle of equal treatment applies to national procurement procedures and public contracts.
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Royal Assent for the Immigration Bill

May 28, 2014
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On 14 May the Immigration Bill received Royal Assent and became the Immigration Act 2014.
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Police stop and search reforms announced

May 6, 2014

On 30 April 2014, the Home Secretary gave an oral statement to Parliament on reforms to police stop and search powers.
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Hate crime action plan and progress report

May 6, 2014

A progress report on the Government's plan to tackle hate crime was published on 1 May 2014.
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Government announcement: ‘New cuts to red tape’ and new Regulators’ Code

April 22, 2014
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On 6 April 214, the Government announced the implementation of a series of measures in response to issues raised by business, including through the Red Tape Challenge.
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Equality and Human Rights Commission-Welsh Government Concordat

April 7, 2014
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In March 2014, the EHRC and the Welsh Government signed a Concordat that sets out an agreed approach for an effective relationship between the two organisations.
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Council of Europe: Gender Equality Strategy

April 7, 2014
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The Council of Europe's Gender Equality Strategy outlines the goals and priorities of the Council of Europe Programme on Gender Equality for the years 2014-2017.
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Implementation of equal marriage legislation

April 3, 2014
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The first same sex marriages took place on 29 March 2014. This follows the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.
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Council of Europe recommendation on the human rights of older people

March 25, 2014

In February 2014, a recommendation to 'promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all older persons' was adopted by the Council of Europe.
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EHRC announcement on the future of the Disability Committee

March 13, 2014
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On 26 February 2014, the EHRC announced that the Disability Committee will end as a formal statutory committee in 2017.
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Updated violence against women and girls action plan

March 13, 2014
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On Saturday 8 March 2014, to coincide with International Women’s Day, the government published an updated violence against women and girls action plan.
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Court of Appeal decision on ‘bedroom tax’ challenge

March 3, 2014

On 21 February 2014, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Government’s new housing benefit regulations are lawful.
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Scottish Government Equality Evidence Strategy 2014

March 3, 2014
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In February, the Scottish Government published its Equality Evidence Strategy 2014 which intends to build on the 2013 Strategy and improve the Equality Evidence website.
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Same Sex Marriage Bill passed in Scottish Parliament

February 17, 2014
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On 4 February 2014, the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to pass the Same Sex Marriage Bill.
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Government declaration on ending Female Genital Mutilation

February 17, 2014
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On 6 February 2014 - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation - the Government published a declaration to end Female Genital Mutilation in the UK and abroad.
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European Parliament calls for EU LGBT Roadmap

February 17, 2014

In February 2014, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to adopt an EU Roadmap tackling homophobia and transphobia.
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Lobbying Bill receives royal assent

February 3, 2014

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 30 January. The Bill is now the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.
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Mental health: priorities for change

January 21, 2014

'Closing the Gap: priorities for essential change in mental health' was published on 20 January 2014.
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EU conclusions on effective measures for advancing gender equality

January 21, 2014

In December 2013 the Council of the European Union adopted its conclusions on the effectiveness of institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women and gender equality.
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EHRC strategy to strengthen understanding of religion or belief in public life

January 1, 2014
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In October 2013, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published 'Shared Understandings: a new EHRC strategy to strengthen understanding of religion or belief in public life'.
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Launch of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights

December 18, 2013
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Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) was launched on 10 December 2013 (Human Rights Day).
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Welsh Government initiative on rights for older people

December 18, 2013
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On Human Rights Day 2013, The Welsh Government announced its plans for a public consultation on proposals for a Declaration of the Rights of Older People.
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EU legal instrument for Roma inclusion adopted

December 18, 2013

On 9 December 2013, all 28 EU countries committed to implementing a set of recommendations to step up the economic and social integration of Roma communities.
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Scottish strategy for integrating refugees and asylum-seekers

December 18, 2013
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In December 2013, the Scottish government published a strategy for the support and integration of refugees and asylum-seekers.
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Court of Appeal overturns abolition of the Independent Living Fund

November 17, 2013

On 6 November 2013, the Court of Appeal upheld a legal challenge by five disabled people against the Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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Women and the Economy – Government Action Plan

November 17, 2013
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In November 2013, the Government published its action plan setting out how government will take forward the recommendations of the Women’s Business Council Report.
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European rules on women and boards

October 29, 2013

On 14 October 2013, MEPs voted to support a requirement that companies have boards with at least 40% women.
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Government announcement: ‘measures to inject more fairness into the workforce’

September 24, 2013
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On 16 September 2013, the Business Secretary Vince Cable announced a package of measures to inject more fairness into the workforce and in wages for British workers.
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Policy paper on ‘Social mobility: the next steps’

September 24, 2013
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The policy paper 'Social mobility: the next steps' by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission was published in September 2013.
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