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.
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 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.
On 17 March 2011, Ministers made an announcement to Parliament about the new Equality Duty.
On 8 March 2011, Home Secretary Theresa May announced the publication of a set of supporting actions to end violence against women and girls.
In February 2011, the European Court of Justice ruled that insurers cannot charge different premiums to men and women because of their gender.
On 11 February 2011, the Coalition Government published the Protection of Freedoms Bill.