On 19 March 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘Immigration and the labour market: Theory, evidence and policy’.
The report, by Will Somerville and Madeleine Sumption from the Migration Policy Institute, finds that immigration has been largely beneficial to the UK’s economy and has had little, or no, negative impact on the labour market.
On 10 March 2009, the Equality and Diversity Forum and Runnymede held a seminar on ‘Discrimination and disadvantage. Narrowing the gap’ with the Equality Minister Harriet Harman QC MP giving the keynote speech.
The seminar considered the Government’s proposal for a new public sector duty to tackle socio-economic disadvantage. The Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, Minister for Women and Equality, gave the keynote speech and discussed some of the issues and concerns with participants, before responses from Richard Berthoud (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex), Amanda Ariss (Equality and Diversity Forum) and Hilary Fisher (Campaign to End Child Poverty).
The event was attended by approximately 60 individuals, including representatives of NGOs working to tackle inequality and socio-economic disadvantage, academics, lawyers and government officials.
EDF and Runnymede thank the Government Equalities Office for supporting the event.
The report, by Sarah Cemlyn, Margaret Greenfields, Sally Burnett, Zoe Matthews and Chris Whitwell, reviews the available information about the severe inequalities that Gypsies and Travellers face in Britain today. It draws on a wide range of sources, including published literature, the results of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments and a specially designed consultation.
On 25 March 2009, Grandparents Plus launched ‘Rethinking family life: exploring the role of grandparents and the wider family’ along with new opinion polling.
The report brings together a wide range of evidence on the role of grandparents and the wider family in caring for children and supporting parents, challenging the myth that the extended family is ‘dead’. It argues that the focus on the nuclear family misses the reality of family life in which grandparents and the wider family are playing an increasing role.