The Equality and Human Rights Commission published a review into disability inequality in Britain in April 2017. The report concluded that disabled people were still treated as second-class citizens, and that the road to disability equality was “littered with missed opportunities and failures.”
Ebony Riddell Bamber, EDF Research and Impact Director, writes about our February 2017 Brexit and Equality seminar.
The Women and Equalities Select Committee published a report on ensuring strong equalities legislation after Brexit in February 2017, after an earlier inquiry. Our Chief Executive, Ali Harris, said “We welcome the four positive recommendations made by the committee which seek to embed equality into the UK legislative and policy framework, specifically aided by civil society organisations.”
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 Government launched a consultation on reforming the Employment Tribunal system in December 2016. We responded to this consultation in January 2017.
Ali Harris, our Chief Executive, gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee – and called for mapping of equality, diversity and human rights issues across government on the impact of Brexit.
The House of Commons Justice Committee published its report on courts and tribunals fees in June 2016; the Government then responded in November 2016. The Committee has arranged to take oral evidence from Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Courts and Justice, in a one-off evidence session on Wednesday 14 December at 4.00pm, to discuss the Government Response.
The Fabian Society is providing the secretariat to Lord Willy Bach’s Commission on Access to Justice, which will explore establishing access to justice as a fundamental public entitlement. The deadline for submissions passed in May 2016. In November 2016 the Commission published an interim report, ‘The crisis in the justice system in England & Wales’.
The Equality and Diversity Forum launched their strategy for 2016-2020, ‘Key to all our futures’, in July 2016. The strategy sets out what the EDF intends to do to help bring about positive change.
In June 2016, the EDF Research Network and the Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity held a seminar to discuss ‘Raising the bar on equality and fair treatment at work’.