What needs to change? The over-representation of women, most ethnic minority groups and disabled people in low-paid, elementary occupations.
This is according to the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. This paper sets out what needs to change and who needs to take action to reduce gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps.
The report finds:
Some elements of pay gaps result from the choices people make about balancing work with other aspects of their lives, though these choices may be dictated or constrained by stereotypes about the roles people, particularly women, are expected to play in society
Part-time work is predominantly low-paid work and therefore the choice to work flexibly inevitably leads to lower pay
The Welsh Government has set clear equality objectives to identify and reduce the causes of employment, skills and pay inequalities
In April 2017, the UK Government introduced gender pay gap reporting for private companies across Great Britain and for public bodies in England
The Scottish and Welsh Governments already required pay gap reporting by public bodies.
Read the full report (pdf).
People with disabilities have an unemployment rate of 9.0%. The unemployment rate for people without disabilities was 3.8%.
This is according to the January 2018 paper (pdf) from the House of Commons Library. This paper summarises the key statistics on disabled people in employment in the UK.
The UK should act upon the UN Committee’s recommendations, and this should be done with the full involvement of disabled people and their organisations.
This is from the EHRC’s January 2018 report on the UK’s work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Public Accounts Committee launched an inquiry into mental health in prison in October 2017. A report was published in December 2017.
Britain and the European Union’s negotiators have published a December 2017 progress report on Brexit.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a December 2017 inquiry following Grenfell fire.
Although people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities are overrepresented in police custody and prison, these individuals are not always identified, nor is the system designed with them in mind.
This is from a November 2017 report from Justice which makes 52 recommendations on the criminal justice process.
‘Women lose more than men from reforms at every income level,’ says a November 2017 report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
This report is a summary of the first set of results from their project which looks at the effect of tax, welfare, social security and public spending.
The House of Commons Library have published a November 2017 briefing on the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017-19.
‘Because of the dire state that prisons are in, injustices and disproportionality continue unchecked,’ says an October 2017 report from Runnymede and the University of Greenwich.