In January 2010, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) published a guide that explains the background to the duty, the need for it, and how it will operate for each of the different types of public body that are covered by it.
It also explains how compliance with the duty will be monitored, and answers the questions that have been put to the Government in discussion with stakeholders.
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In November 2009, the UK was found by the European Commission to have incorrectly implemented two EU Equality Directives. The first breach concerns the EC Equal Treatment Framework Directive, which prohibits discrimination based on religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The second relates to the EC Equal Treatment Directive, which covers equal treatment between men and women in employment.
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In December 2009, the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) published a strategic document that describes how government departments will work together to achieve disability equality by 2025.
‘Roadmap 2025 – Achieving Disability Equality’ will be of interest to government policy-makers, disabled people’s organisations and all stakeholders involved in disability equality.
On 16 December 2009, the Ministry of Justice published a study examining the idea of constitutional responsibilities within the context of the current debate on a new British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
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In December 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) published a ‘Monitoring update on the impact of the recession on various demographic groups’.
The document updates findings published earlier in 2009 and looks at how the downturn in the UK labour market has impacted on various equality groups between the first quarter of 2008 and the quarter ending September 2009.
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