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.
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee will be retained to advise the Department for Transport on accessibility issues relating to disabled people.
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.
On 5 June 2013, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published its corporate plan for 2013/14.
In May 2013, the European Parliament voted in favour of an EU-wide protection order that will protect victims of domestic violence.
The second annual implementation update on the Open Public Services reform programme was published in May 2013.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013. In May, EDF published a summary of measures in the Act.
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.
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.
In April 2013, the Equality and Diversity Forum wrote to Parliamentarians about tabled amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.