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.

Review of public bodies

October 24, 2010

On 14 October 2010, the Government published the Public Body Review. The Equality and Diversity Forum issued a press statement in response to the publication.
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Enforcement of the Equality Act 2010

October 10, 2010

On 1 October 2010, the majority of provisions in the Equality Act 2010 came into force.
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European Strategy for Equality between Women and Men

October 10, 2010

On 21 September 2010, the European Commission adopted a five-year Strategy for promoting equality between women and men in Europe.
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Fawcett legal challenge to government budget

August 3, 2010

On 30 July 2010, the Fawcett Society filed papers with the High Court seeking a Judicial Review of the government's recent emergency budget.
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Review on poverty and life chances

June 15, 2010

On 5 June 2010, the Government announced a Review on poverty and life chances.
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Coalition programme for government – equality measures

May 23, 2010

The Coalition Programme for Government was published in May 2010 and contains a section on equalities.
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Equality Act 2010

April 13, 2010

On 8 April 2010, the Equality Bill received royal assent.
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European recommendation on sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination

April 13, 2010

On 31 March 2010, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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UK breach of Equality Directives

January 11, 2010

In November 2009, the UK was found by the European Commission to have incorrectly implemented two EU Equality Directives.
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ODI’s ‘Roadmap 2025 – Achieving Disability Equality’

January 6, 2010

In December 2009, the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) published a strategic document that describes how government departments will work together to achieve disability equality by 2025.
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EHRC human rights strategy

November 15, 2009

On 10 October 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) set out its plan to preserve the rights in the Human Rights Act and to protect and promote respect for human rights principles.
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European Parliament backs new anti-discrimination directive

April 7, 2009

On 2 April 2009, the European Parliament voted in favour of a new directive to prevent discrimination in the provision of goods and services.
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European ruling on compulsory retirement age

March 9, 2009

On 5 March 2009, the European Court of Justice published its ruling on the challenge to the UK's compulsory retirement age.
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EHRC receives UN accreditation

February 24, 2009

In February 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission received formal notification of accreditation from the United Nations (UN) as a National Human Rights Institute (NHRI).
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Human Rights Act protection for publicly-arranged care

December 11, 2008

On 1 December 2008, protection under the Human Rights Act was extended to cover residents of independent care homes whose accommodation is publicly arranged.
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Southall Black Sisters judgement published

September 19, 2008

The judgement by Lord Justice Moses in the case of Southall Black Sisters and London Borough of Ealing was published on 29 July 2008.
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Government publishes response to discrimination law consultation

July 30, 2008

On 21 July, the Government published 'The Equality Bill – Government Response to the Consultation'.
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European legal victory creates new rights for carers

July 18, 2008

On 17 July 2008, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that treating employees less favourably because of their association with a disabled person was unlawful.
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Legislation on incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

June 16, 2008

Legislation on incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation was passed in May 2008.
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EC proposal for new anti-discrimination directive

April 29, 2008

In April 2008, EDF wrote to the President and Commissioners of the European Commission to express support for the proposal for a new equality directive.
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Sex discrimination regulations

April 29, 2008

Sex discrimination regulations came into force on 6 April 2008.
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Equality and Human Rights Commission opens

October 7, 2007

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (previously known as the Commission for Equality and Human Rights) opened on 1 October 2007.
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Commencement of legislation on religious hatred

October 7, 2007

Incitement to religious hatred became a criminal offence in England and Wales on 1 October 2007 with the commencement of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act.
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EDF discrimination law consultation response

September 13, 2007

The Equality and Diversity Forum responded to the Government discrimination law consultation that closed on 4 September 2007.
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House of Lords judgement on definition of a public authority

July 3, 2007

In June 2007, The House of Lords handed down its judgment in a case that explored the definition of 'public authority' under section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.
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Protection from age discrimination introduced

October 13, 2006

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 came into force on 1 October 2006.
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Equality Act 2006 receives Royal Assent

February 23, 2006

The Equality Act gained Royal Assent on 20 February 2006.
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Civil Partnership Act

January 4, 2006

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5 December 2005 and the first ceremonies took place on 21st December.
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Announcement of Equalities Review and Discrimination Law Review

February 25, 2005

On 25 February 2005 an Equalities Review to investigate the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality in British society was announced by the Government.
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