In May 2010, the Equality Challenge Unit published updated guidance: ‘Trans staff and students in higher education’.
The guidance for higher education institutions covers issues relating to trans staff and students. It will help institutions to meet their legal responsibilities, ensure their policies and procedures better meet the needs of trans people, and most importantly, provide effective support to staff and students during transition.
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Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a speech on the Big Society on Monday 14 February 2011.
In the speech, he identified some of the elements of the Big Society, including a Big Society Bank and the training of 5,000 community organisers.
In June 2009, the Government Equalities Office published ‘Equality Duties. Assessing the Cost & Cost Effectiveness of the Specific Race, Disability & Gender Equality Duties’.
The report is based on research by Schneider~Ross for the Government Equalities Office.
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The Equality and Diversity Forum and a number of its members and other organisations submitted responses to the Ministry of Justice consultation ‘Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales’.
The consultation was launched on 15 November 2010 and closed on 14 February 2011.
The Ministry of Justice stated that ‘[t]his consultation seeks views on proposals for reform of legal aid in England and Wales. The proposals represent a radical, wide-ranging and ambitious programme of reform which aims to ensure that legal aid is targeted to those who need it most, for those cases in which legal advice or representation is justified.’
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Click here for Equality and Diversity Forum response (questionnaire)
Click here for Bindmans LLP response
Click here for Disability Charities Consortium response (pdf)
Click here for Discrimination Law Association response
Click here for Equality and Human Rights Commission response
Click here for JUSTICE response (questionnaire)
Click here for JUSTICE briefing paper
Click here for Law Centres Federation response (pdf)
Click here for Migrants’ Rights Network submission
Click here for Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture response
Click here for Mind/Rethink response
Click here for National AIDS Trust response (pdf)
On 8 February 2011, Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) gave a speech on ‘Why Equality and Human Rights Are Essential To Economic Recovery’.
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