Runnymede research on BME pensioners’ poverty

On 1 October 2010, Runnymede published ‘Ready for Retirement? Pensions and Bangladeshi self-employment’.

The research shows that Black and minority ethnic people are more likely than the wider population to spend their retirement in poverty. The report highlights the ways in which self-employment – common among Bangladeshi people – poses particular barriers to having a good pension.

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EDF views on the future of equality

In August 2010, Jonathan Rees, Director General of the Government Equality Office, wrote to Sarah Spencer, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF), asking the Forum’s views on future priorities for equality strategy and spending.

EDF’s response included:

  • the importance of mainstreaming equality across all areas of policy
  • the role of equality impact assessments in relation to spending reductions
  • the completion of work on the Equality Act
  • work on using procurement to advance equality of opportunity
  • the opportunities presented by the public sector equality duty
  • the important role of equality organisations in the voluntary and community sector and concerns about the impact that spending reductions will have on the sector’s capacity

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iCoCo tension monitoring toolkit

In July 2010, the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) published the second edition of ‘Understanding and monitoring tension and conflict in local communities. A practical guide for local authorities, police service and partner agencies’.

The guide aims to help local agencies and communities to get ‘upstream’ of problems and manage tensions through a measured partnership response.

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Equal pay guide for small businesses

On 2 September 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the British Chambers of Commerce published a quick and easy guide to help employers ensure they comply with equal pay laws.

The process is relatively simple for a small organisation and should take no longer than four hours, according to the guidance.

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Government report: ‘The case for the disabled customer’

On 30 August 2010, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Office for Disability Issues published ‘2012 Legacy for Disabled People: Inclusive and Accessible Business. Improving Messages to SMEs. The Case for the Disabled Customer’.

This report sets out the economic and business case for business to be more inclusive. It provides examples of small businesses that have successfully addressed disabled customer requirements and shows the business benefits associated with improved accessibility.

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