EHRC Human Rights Inquiry

The report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Inquiry was published on 15 June 2009.

The Human Rights Inquiry was launched in April 2008, under the Commission’s statutory powers, to find out how human rights work in Britain. In addition to traditional in-depth research, public polling and focus group work, the Commission convened a series of public evidence sessions to hear from witnesses.

According to an Ipsos MORI survey of almost 2,000 adults commissioned as part of the Inquiry, 84 per cent of people said they wanted human rights enshrined in the law for themselves and their families and 81 per cent of people saw human rights as important to creating a fairer society.
In the first major study into how far public sector authorities have adopted a rights based approach to delivering services, the Inquiry found that where human rights were put at the heart of the delivery of public services, they delivered successful results.

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Research on the impact of the recession on different groups in society

In June 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Government Equalities Office and the Department for Work and Pensions published Monitoring update on the impact of the recession on various demographic groups.

The publication is the outcome of a joint programme of work that aimed to monitor the impact of the recession across the EHRC’s mandate groups of age, gender, race and disability. The EHRC also wished to explore how this recession was affecting the lowest qualified and most deprived in our society.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation research on economic inequality

In June 2009, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published three documents on attitudes to economic inequality.

Click here for ‘Understanding attitudes to tackling economic inequality’ by Louise Bamfield and Tim Horton

Click here for ‘What are the implications of attitudes to economic inequality?’ by Brendan Barber, Eileen Devaney and Philippa Stroud

Click here for ‘Political debate about economic inequality: An information resource’ by Ruth Sheldon with Reg Platt and Naomi Jones

Report on ‘Gender variance in the UK’

‘Gender variance in the UK. Prevalence, incidence, growth and geographic distribution’ was published by GIRES – the Gender Identity Research and Education Society – in June 2009.

The aims of the report include improving the evidence base about the likely extent and location of transphobic crime, and alerting providers and commissioners of healthcare to the growing needs among transsexual people for specialised medical services.

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Grandparents Plus report: ‘The Poor Relation?’

In June 2009, Grandparents Plus published ‘The Poor Relation? Grandparental care: where older people’s poverty and child poverty meet’.

This is an interim report from a project funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission which explores the intersection of older people’s poverty and child poverty around grandparental care, with a particular focus on groups who are already at risk of poverty.

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