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
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which led to Ministers, the Opposition and the media questioning whether the Human Rights Act 1998 should be amended or repealed.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.
Click here to read the JCHR report
Click here to read the DCA review
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.
Click here for link to regulations
‘Gay and Grey, Lifting the lid on sexuality and ageing’ is a report on the needs, wants, fears and aspirations of older lesbians and gay men.
It was published by Health and Care Development Ltd in 2006.
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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 email@example.com.