In March 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) submitted written evidence on Equalities to the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee.
Other organisations, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission and EDF members also submitted oral and written evidence.
Click here for link to EDF evidence
Click here for link to all evidence submitted
On 17 March 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a report summarising the responses to the consultation on ‘The Future of the Citizenship Survey’. The individual submissions (60) are published alongside.
The summary document states: ‘Although respondents were not asked directly for their views on the proposals to stop the survey, the vast majority of current users expressed concerns about its discontinuation. This view was particularly strongly articulated by other government departments, voluntary organisations and academics’.
DCLG conducted a technical consultation on the future of the Citizenship Survey from 1 November to 30 November 2010, outlining the intention to stop future surveys.
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On 17 March 2011, Ministers made an announcement to Parliament about the new Equality Duty. They confirmed that the general duty will come into force as planned on 5 April 2011. This is a positive duty that will help public bodies to deliver effective policies and public services, while increasing transparency and democratic accountability.
Draft specific duties regulations to support the general duty were published on 12 January 2011. Since publication, the Government has considered the draft regulations further in the light of two key policy objectives: ensuring that public bodies consider equality when carrying out their functions, and not imposing unnecessary burdens and bureaucracy.
On 17 March, the Government published a policy review paper which seeks views on new draft regulations designed to free up public bodies to do what is appropriate in their circumstances, to take responsibility for their own performance, and be held to account by the public.
The closing date for responding was 21 April 2011.
From 5 April, public bodies will need to comply with the new general duty. To help public bodies understand what their legal obligations are under the general duty and how they might achieve good practice, GEO is working closely with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to ensure clear, practical guidance is made available as soon as possible.
Click here for policy review paper ‘Equality Act 2010: The public sector Equality Duty: reducing bureaucracy’
In March 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum submitted a response to the Giving Green Paper.
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Click here for details of Giving Green Paper
On 3 March 2011, the Government published ‘Equality Act 2010: Ending age discrimination in services, public functions and associations – A consultation’.
The consultation sets out those areas where the Government believes that different treatment of people of various ages is justified; and proposes how the legislation will be drafted to take account of these.
The consultation closed on 25 May 2011.
The Equality and Diversity Forum and a number of its members and other organisations submitted responses to the Ministry of Justice consultation ‘Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales’.
The consultation was launched on 15 November 2010 and closed on 14 February 2011.
The Ministry of Justice stated that ‘[t]his consultation seeks views on proposals for reform of legal aid in England and Wales. The proposals represent a radical, wide-ranging and ambitious programme of reform which aims to ensure that legal aid is targeted to those who need it most, for those cases in which legal advice or representation is justified.’
Click here for link to Legal Aid consultation
Click here for Equality and Diversity Forum response
Click here for Equality and Diversity Forum response (questionnaire)
Click here for Bindmans LLP response
Click here for Disability Charities Consortium response (pdf)
Click here for Discrimination Law Association response
Click here for Equality and Human Rights Commission response
Click here for JUSTICE response (questionnaire)
Click here for JUSTICE briefing paper
Click here for Law Centres Federation response (pdf)
Click here for Migrants’ Rights Network submission
Click here for Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture response
Click here for Mind/Rethink response
Click here for National AIDS Trust response (pdf)
Published in 2010, The Giving Green Paper sets out the Government’s initial ideas for building a stronger culture of giving time and money to start a national debate on our society’s attitude to giving.
The closing date for responses was 9 March 2011.
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A public consultation on the Equality Act 2010 specific duties took place in Autumn 2010. In January 2011, the Government published Equality Act 2010: The public sector Equality Duty. Promoting equality through transparency. Summary of responses to the consultation. The summary includes the Government’s response to the responses submitted.
On 13 January, the Government confirmed that Default Retirement Age is to be phased out between 6 April and 1 October 2011 and published a written response to its recent consultation on the issue, and new guidance by Acas to help businesses adapt to the removal of the regulation.
Click here for details of consultation and government response
Click here for Acas guidance
On 6 January 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum responded to ‘Supporting a Stronger Civil Society. An Office for Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations’.
Click here for link (Word doc)