The Women and Equalities Select Committee has called for evidence on responses made by the Government to three recommendations made in the Committee’s March 2016 report. Evidence should reach the Committee by 12 April 2017.
A March 2016 report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee says the gender pay gap will persist unless Government policy changes. The Government responded in February 2017, rejecting most of the report’s recommendations.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work to bring forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act in February 2017. Work will be overseen by the Prime Minister’s Office and coordinated by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.
Working Families and the Childcare Voucher Providers Association published a report on the future of childcare support for working parents in February 2017. The report calls on the government to keep childcare vouchers open to parents alongside the new Tax Free Childcare scheme.
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on proposals to provide more support with employment tribunal fees for people on lower incomes. The consultation closes on 14 March 2017.
The Community and Security Trust published their Antisemtitic Incidents Report 2016 in January 2017. CST recorded 1,309 antisemitic incidents in 2016, the highest annual total CST has ever recorded.
The UK Independent Mechanism published a report on the rights of disabled people under the CRPD in February 2017. It noted that “the UK and devolved governments have not taken all the appropriate steps to progress the implementation of the Convention.”
Responses to a consultation on proposals to further extend charging for overseas visitors and migrants who use the NHS; including the Royal College of Nursing, the TUC, and the Race Equality Foundation. The Government responded in February 2017.
The Home Affairs Select Committee conducted an inquiry into accommodation for asylum seekers and published their report in January 2017.
Just Fair produced a resource on the international recognition of economic and social rights in February 2017. It summarises the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, alongside UK-specific recommendations made by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2016.