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 Commons Standard Note: The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments

September 24, 2013
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An updated House of Commons Standard Note published in September 2013 outlines the development and operation of the Public Sector Equality Duty.
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Publication of Public Sector Equality Duty Review and Government response

September 18, 2013
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On 6 September 2013, the independent Steering Group’s report of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) review and Government response were published.
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Posted in: Equality Duty - Consultations, Equality Duty - Research and Reports, Policy and law, Research and reports

Compact Voice and Office for Civil Society publish joint action plan

August 27, 2013
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In August 2013, Compact Voice and the Office for Civil Society published a joint action plan which sets out clear activities for both to strengthen use of the Compact across government departments.
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Legal challenge to ‘Go Home’ vans pilot

August 13, 2013
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Following a challenge to the 'Go Home' vans pilot, the Government confirmed that if any further such campaigns are planned, it would carry out a consultation.
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Programme and timetable for introduction of caste legislation

August 13, 2013
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In July 2013, the Government published a note setting out the timetable and process for the introduction of caste legislation.
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Posted in: Equality Duty - Law – England, Policy and law

EDF and other submissions and responses to the review of the Equality Duty

July 31, 2013
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EDF, many EDF members and other organisations submitted responses to the Government's call for evidence to inform the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty.
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EHRC proposes a new external advisory group on disability issues

July 29, 2013
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In July 2013, the EHRC formally proposed that it replaces its statutory disability committee with a new, high level strategic advisory group.
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House of Lords debate on the Commission on a Bill of Rights

July 17, 2013
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The House of Lords debated a British Bill of Rights on 20 June 2013.
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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

July 4, 2013
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On 26 June 2013, the Scottish Government introduced the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament.
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Database of Universal Periodic Review recommendations

July 4, 2013
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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) database enables the viewer to access and search all UPR recommendations and voluntary pledges through several categories
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Council of Europe guidelines for protection of LGBTI persons

July 4, 2013
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On 24 June 2013, the Council of Europe adopted 'Guidelines To Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons'.
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Early Day Motion on the Public Sector Equality Duty

June 24, 2013
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An Early Day Motion on the Public Sector Equality Duty was tabled on 11 June by Sandra Osborne MP.
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Posted in: Equality Duty - The Equality Duty in Parliament, Policy and law

Briefing on the Social Value Act

June 24, 2013

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force in January 2013 and places a duty on public bodies to consider social value ahead of procuring the provision of services.
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Announcement of the retention of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

June 14, 2013

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee will be retained to advise the Department for Transport on accessibility issues relating to disabled people.
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Welsh ministerial pledge on equality impact assessments

June 10, 2013
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In May 2013, Communities Minister Huw Lewis pledged that the Welsh Government will not follow England in dropping the commitment to assess the impact that policies have on different groups.
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EHRC 2013/14 corporate plan

June 10, 2013
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On 5 June 2013, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published its corporate plan for 2013/14.
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EU-wide protection for victims of domestic violence

May 28, 2013

In May 2013, the European Parliament voted in favour of an EU-wide protection order that will protect victims of domestic violence.
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Open Public Services 2013 implementation update

May 28, 2013
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The second annual implementation update on the Open Public Services reform programme was published in May 2013.
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EDF summary of measures in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

May 13, 2013
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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013. In May, EDF published a summary of measures in the Act.
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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill receives Royal Assent

April 29, 2013
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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 25 April after peers voted against removal of the EHRC's general duty and in favour of caste protection.
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Government plans for reform of Judicial Review

April 29, 2013
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On 23 April 2013, the Ministry of Justice published 'Reform of Judicial Review: the Government response' including details of the reforms it will be taking forward.
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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – EDF letters to Parliamentarians

April 19, 2013
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In April 2013, the Equality and Diversity Forum wrote to Parliamentarians about tabled amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.
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Commission on the Status of Women: Agreement on violence against women and girls

April 3, 2013
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The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women culminated in the adoption of agreed conclusions for actions to end violence against women and girls.
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Employment Law Review update

April 3, 2013
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'Employment Law 2013: Progress on Reform' was published by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills in March 2013.
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Ministerial statement on caste discrimination

March 19, 2013

On 1 March 2013 the Government announced it has no current plans to add caste to the definition of race in the Equality Act 2010.
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The Mental Health (Discrimination) Act

March 19, 2013
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On 28 February 2013, the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 became law.
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Judicial Review of abolition of the Independent Living Fund

March 19, 2013
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On 13 March 2013, the EHRC intervened in a Judicial Review at the High Court into the abolition of the Independent Living Fund, a move which affects 20,000 disabled people.
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European Parliament resolution on homophobic and transphobic hate speech

March 18, 2013

On 14 March 2013 the European Parliament called for a ban on homophobic and transphobic hate crime/speech.
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BIS: consultation on early conciliation and measures on workplace disputes

January 28, 2013
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On 17 January 2013, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) launched a consultation titled 'Early conciliation: consultation on proposals for implementation'.
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European Court judgement in the case of Eweida and others

January 21, 2013

On 15 January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the case of Eweida and Others v. United Kingdom was published.
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