Future of the Citizenship Survey: Summary of responses

Department for Communities and Local Government

On 17 March 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a report summarising the responses to the consultation on ‘The Future of the Citizenship Survey’. The individual submissions (60) are published alongside.

The summary document states: ‘Although respondents were not asked directly for their views on the proposals to stop the survey, the vast majority of current users expressed concerns about its discontinuation. This view was particularly strongly articulated by other government departments, voluntary organisations and academics’.

DCLG conducted a technical consultation on the future of the Citizenship Survey from 1 November to 30 November 2010, outlining the intention to stop future surveys.

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Handbook on European non-discrimination law

The Handbook on European non-discrimination law, jointly produced by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, is a comprehensive guide to non-discrimination law and relevant key concepts.

The handbook, published in March 2011, is the first publication to present and explain the body of non-discrimination law stemming from the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union law as a single, converging legal system.

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EU guide on public procurement

The European Commission emblem.

In 2011, the European Commission published ‘Buying Social. A Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement’.

The new guide is a very concrete tool to help public authorities to buy goods and services in a socially responsible way in line with EU rules. It also highlights the contribution public procurement can make to stimulate greater social inclusion.

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Rainbow Project report on workplace equality

Rainbow Project

In March 2011, the Rainbow Project published ‘Through Our Eyes – Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in the Workplace.’

The report was commissioned by the Department for Social Development and presents quantitative data on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people of employment in Northern Ireland.

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Report on Migrant Communities and the ‘Big Society’

‘Migrant Communities and the “Big Society”. Struggling to Belong in the Age of Austerity’ was published by MRCF and Migrants Rights Network in March 2011.

The report aims to present the case for, and explore the critical role of, Migrant and Refugee Community Organisations (MRCOs) in providing social protection, accelerating integration and improving lives in London’s diverse communities.

The report shows why MRCOs are a crucial part of the Big Society. A better understanding of what MRCOs do, how they do it and the diffculties they encounter may help secure their funding and future, as well as a better provision of services in their communities. It will also help to understand the complex dynamics around migrant integration, leading to a better use of resources and a more cohesive and equal society for all.

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