Human Rights Act protection for publicly-arranged care

On 1 December 2008, protection under the Human Rights Act was extended to cover residents of independent care homes whose accommodation is publicly arranged.

Under Section 145 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008, the provision of certain accommodation and care in a care home becomes a function of a public nature for the purposes of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Click here for link to statutory instrument

Disability equality reports

In 2008, as part of its work to achieve equality for disabled people by 2025, the Government published a series of reports from 11 Secretaries of State, the Office for Disability Issues’ (ODI) annual report and additional research about the Disability Equality Duty.

The reports by the 11 Secretaries of State are the first of their kind. They identify progress towards disability equality made by each department and where there are still issues to address. They also show how departments and public bodies will work strategically to introduce mechanisms for change. An overview by the ODI highlights key findings in each of the Secretary of State reports.


EDF Seminar and report on public procurement

On 27 November 2008, the Equality and Diversity Forum held a half-day seminar to launch a report on procurement by Clare Cozens, and to bring together experts, Government Officials and key stakeholders to consider the use of public procurement to promote equality.

Angela Eagle MP Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury gave the key note speech at the seminar which was attended by more than 60 people from a wide range of organisations.

Click here for report by Clare Cozens (commissioned by the Equality and Diversity Forum)

Click here for executive summary of report by Clare Cozens

Click here for presentation by Professor Christopher McCruddin

Click here for presentation by Dr Kemal Ahson and Jenny Jean-Jacques