The Court of Appeal have restated the principle that ‘a child is foremost a child before he or she is a refugee.’
This was part of a July 2017 judgement from Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Gross. The guidance aims to ensure that children and other vulnerable persons have an effective right of access to Immigration and Asylum Tribunals, and a voice in the proceedings.
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In 2017, Scotland will become the first part of the UK to introduce the socio-economic duty to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage.
The Scottish Government has published a July 2017 consultation paper (pdf) asking for views on how public authorities can meet the requirements of the duty. This consultation closes on 12 September 2017.
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It is time to look again at Personal Independence Payment (PIP), finds a July 2017 report by the National AIDS Trust (pdf). PIP assessment “is not fairly or accurately capturing some of the key barriers to participation and independence experienced by people living with HIV.”
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Living with a disability or long-term condition like HIV increases the risk of financial exclusion and can have a significant impact on finances.
And a July 2017 report (pdf) by the National AIDS Trust finds that, despite improvements over the last decade, people living with HIV continue to experience barriers to access financial products and services.
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The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has announced new proposals to streamline and de-medicalise the process for changing gender. A consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004 will be launched in Autumn 2017.
This July 2017 news is accompanied by a national survey on LGBT experiences, and a reduction in the deferral blood donation period for men who have sex with men (from 12 to 3 months).
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The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Unison, making employment tribunal fees unlawful. Unison argued that the fees of up to £1,200 discriminated against women and other groups of workers.
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In this country, as a result of discrimination, too many people are held back because of who they are rather than what they do, finds a July 2017 Bright Blue report.
Britain Breaking Barriers (pdf) provides a set of policy recommendations to Government to tackle discrimination and protect human rights.
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The Home Office should not have access to NHS patients’ data, and NHS professionals should not be expected to guard our borders, say Just Fair and Doctors of the World.
In a June 2017 position paper (pdf), both organisations identify data-sharing between NHS and the Home Office as a threat to patients’ human rights.
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