GEO guide to the Duty to Reduce Socio-Economic Inequalities

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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UK breach of Equality Directives

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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EHRC and GEO monitoring update on the impact of the recession

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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