Delivering Equality: Towards an Integrated Public Sector Duty

On 18 May 2007, the Equality and Diversity Forum held a seminar ‘Delivering Equality: Towards an Integrated Public Sector Duty’.

The event brought together more than 100 people to discuss an integrated duty, including officials working on the Discrimination Law Review, senior stakeholders from the public. voluntary and community sector and leading academics.

The event was chaired by Sir Bert Massie of the Disability Rights Commission. Professor Sandra Fredman, Oxford University and Sarah Spencer, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum presented their paper ‘A Single Equality Duty: Action, Outcomes and Accountability’. Speakers included Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Lee Probert of the Learning and Skills Council.

Click here for link to seminar note

Click here for presentation by Sandra Fredman and Sarah Spencer

APPG Equalities seminar: The future of equality

On 20 March 2007, The All Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities held a seminar to discuss the Future of Equality with the Rt Hon Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

Click here for link to abbreviated transcript of meeting

CEHR draft vision and mission statement

In April 2007, the Commission for Equality and Human Rights published its draft vision and mission statement for consultation and comment.

A Britain at ease with all aspects of its diversity, built on fairness and respect for all.

The Commission for Equality and Human Rights is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. The CEHR aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights.

The CEHR will challenge prejudice and disadvantage, and promote the importance of human rights.

The CEHR is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It will enforce equality legislation on age, disability and health, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourage compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998.

The CEHR will work to bring about effective change, using its influence and authority to ensure that equality and human rights remain at the top of agendas for government, employers and society. It will campaign for social change and justice.

The CEHR will act directly and by fostering partnerships at local, regional and national levels. It will stimulate debate on equality and human rights. It will give advice and guidance, including to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and also to individuals.

The CEHR will develop an evidence based understanding of the causes and effects of inequality for people across Britain, and will be an authoritative voice for reform.

The closing date for comments was 25 May 2007.

Equalities Review Final Report Published

The Equalities Review published the Final Report of its investigation into the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality in British society in February 2007. The review was chaired by Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

The Equality and Diversity Forum welcomes the fact that the Prime Minister commissioned this work and we hope that the Government will respond positively to its recommendations. The EDF endorses the need for active policies to enhance equality of opportunity and quality of daily life and well being. The evidence presented by the Equality Review demonstrates what a long way we are from that objective, in spite of the measures taken by Government and others to combat discrimination.

Click here for the Equalities Review website (archive)

Click here for response from Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly