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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Briefing on ‘The Impact of the Recession on Older Workers’

In December 2009 TAEN, Age Concern and Help the Aged, and CIPD published a briefing on ‘The Impact of the Recession on Older Workers’.

The recession has led to people of all ages facing redundancy, unemployment and significant challenges to get back to work. But for many older workers, particularly those who have been in employment for 20–30 years, redundancy can be a huge shock and they lack the skills needed to search for new employment in today’s environment.

This is one of the many factors that means once out of work, it is much harder for the over-50s, particularly men, to find a job again; and the longer they stay out of work, the worse their chances of working again become. For many over-50s this will result in an early and permanent retirement, denying them the opportunity to build up a decent pension and making them more dependent than on state benefits.

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EHRC cohesion guidance

On 30 October 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘Cohesion and equality. Guidance for funders’.

The guidance cites evidence that ‘local authorities are implementing the drive to promote community cohesion and integration in breach of their positive legal obligations concerning equality and diversity’.

The guidance states that ‘Funders also need to recognise and appreciate the shared aspirations of the equality duties and cohesion agenda; they complement each other. Both aim to remove disadvantages experienced by groups; both promote participation in society and positive engagement between groups, with the broader purpose of fostering greater understanding and mutual respect between individuals and groups, and a shared sense of community identity.


EHRC guide to flexible working

On 16 October 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘Working Better: A Managers’ Guide to Flexible Working’.

The guide is designed to help business managers discover and implement innovative working methods which improve productivity and customer service, save money and enable employees to balance their work and personal lives.

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EHRC booklet on young people’s rights

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) booklet ‘Young people: know your rights to fair treatment’ explains the advice and support available to young women and men who are treated unfairly because of their gender, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

The booklet was published in September 2009.

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Guidance on mainstreaming community cohesion

On 4 August 2009, the Department for Communities and Local Government published ‘Guidance for local authorities on how to mainstream community cohesion into other services’.

The Guidance provides evidence and arguments which can be used by local authorities as a basis for mainstreaming or embedding community cohesion in other areas of service delivery and with other local organisations.

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EHRC Equality Measurement Framework

The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched the Equality Measurement Framework (EMF) on 23 July 2009.

The Framework will be used to assess equality and human rights across a range of domains relevant to 21st century life. These domains focus directly on those things in life that people say are important for them to actually do and be. The framework monitors the central and valuable things in life that people actually achieve – such as enjoying an adequate standard of living, being healthy, having good opportunities for education and learning, enjoying legal security, and being free from crime and the fear of crime. It is particularly concerned with the position of individuals and groups with regard to characteristics such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender and social class.

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BHA guidance on equality of religion or belief

As part of a project run with funding from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the British Humanist Association produced a guidance document in 2009 which covers the main legislation and good practice regarding the ‘religion or belief’ equality strand.

‘Guidance on Equality of “Religion or Belief”‘ focuses mainly on the inclusion of non-religious people and minority religions in mainstream equality work.

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