EDF leaflet on the Lisbon Treaty

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The Equality and Diversity Forum published ‘The Lisbon Treaty – an introduction’ in March 2010.

The leaflet, by Gay Moon, Special Legal Advisor at the Equality and Diversity Forum, provides an overview of the Lisbon Treaty and its relevance to the equality agenda.

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Equality Commissions defend the Human Rights Act

On 30 March 2010, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) issued a joint statement in support of retaining and building upon the Human Rights Act 1998.

The statement was released to inform public debate ahead of the UK General Election of the risks inherent in proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a UK Bill of Rights.

EHRC guidance on Goods, Facilities and Services for Trans People

On 17 February 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘Provision of Goods, Facilities and Services to Trans People: Guidance for public authorities – Meeting your equality duties and human rights obligations’.

It is relevant for authorities in England, Scotland and Wales.

This ‘how to’ guide is for managers and front line staff of all levels and is illustrated with good practice examples. The guidance will help public authorities to be clear on what they are expected to do to comply with the law and provide their trans service users with the goods, facilities and services to which they are entitled.


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.