Joint Committee on Human Rights: the case for the Human Rights Act

In November 2006. the Joint Committee on Human Rights published the results of an inquiry following public controversy aroused by three high-profile cases in May 2006, which led to Ministers, the Opposition and the media questioning whether the Human Rights Act 1998 should be amended or repealed.

The Committee’s report, ‘The Human Rights Act: the DCA and Home Office Reviews’ examines the reviews conducted by the Home Office and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. It concludes that none of the three cases which sparked controversy – the Afghani hijackers’ judgment. the Anthony Rice case and the failure to consider foreign prisoners for deportation – demonstrate a clear need to consider amending the Human Rights Act.

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Protection from age discrimination introduced

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 came into force on 1 October 2006.

The regulations outlaw age discrimination in terms of recruitment, promotion and training. They also ban unjustified retirement ages of below 65 and remove the current age limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy rights. Employees will now have the right to ask to work beyond retirement age and employers will have a duty to consider that request. The regulations do not affect the age at which people can claim their state pension.

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Cornwall Diversity Toolkit

The Cornwall Diversity Toolkit was published in 2006 to support organisations in Cornwall in considering and including equality and diversity in all organisational activities, including dealing with staff, volunteers, external customers and suppliers.

The Toolkit was produced on behalf of the Cornwall Infrastructure Partnership. Please email Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC) for details or to request a copy at diversity@cornwallrcc.co.uk.

DCA Review of the Human Rights Act

In July 2006, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced the results of its Review of the Implementation of the Human Rights Act. Lord Falconer, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor confirmed that the Government remains committed to the European Convention on Human Rights and has no plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.

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