On 19 May 2011, the House of Lords debated the European Convention on Human Rights.
In May 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) published briefings on the Localism Bill for the House of Commons report stage and the House of Lords second reading.
On 21 March 2011, the Council of Europe published the Opinion of the Commissioner for human rights on national structures for promoting equality.
The public sector Equality Duty came into force as planned on 5 April 2011, followed by positive action measures on 6 April.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s new codes of practice on employment, services and equal pay came into force on 6 April 2011.
The default retirement age (DRA) is to be phased out between 6 April and 30 September 2011.
On April 2011, the Government published ‘Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility’.
On 5 April 2011, the Department for Education published a national strategy document ‘A New Approach to Child Poverty: Tackling the Causes of Disadvantage and Transforming Families’ Lives’.
‘Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward’ was published in March 2011.
A Commission to investigate the case for a UK Bill of Rights was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Justice in March 2011.