ECU research on religion and belief in higher education

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In July 2011, the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) published ‘Religion and belief in HE: the experiences of staff and students’.

The report, by Professor Paul Weller, Dr Tristram Hooley, and Nicki Moore, explores what issues there might be around religion and belief in higher education. Overall, 3077 staff and 3935 students responded to a survey as part of this study. Others took part in case-study work, focus groups and interviews.

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Council of Europe standards on combating LGBT discrimination

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‘Combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. Council of Europe standards’ was published by the Council of Europe in 2011.

The Council of Europe works to uphold human rights, the rule of law and pluralist democracy. The Council of Europe’s standards and mechanisms seek to promote and ensure respect for the human rights of every individual. These include equal rights and dignity of all human beings, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

The Council of Europe has adopted a number of international legal instruments and standards on combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. They illustrate the underlying message of the Organisation, which is that the Council of Europe’s standards of tolerance and non-discrimination apply to all European societies, and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity is not compatible with these standards.

This publication provides an accessible and comprehensive compilation of the standards adopted by the Council of Europe. It should serve as a reference for the governments, international institutions, NGOs, media professionals and to all those who are – or should be – professionally or otherwise involved or interested in protecting and promoting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

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UN Women: ‘Progress of the World’s Women. In Pursuit of Justice’

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A report by UN Women shows that in many countries of the world, the rule of law still rules women out.

‘Progress of the World’s Women. In Pursuit of Justice’ was published on 6 June 2011. The report calls on governments to take urgent action to end the injustices that keep women poorer and less powerful than men in every country in the world.

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Law Commission report on Public Services Ombudsmen

Law Commission

On 14 July, the Law Commission published its report on ‘Public Services Ombudsmen’ containing recommendations focused on improving the current statutory regimes for the public services ombudsmen.

It also recommends that the government establish a wide-ranging review of the public services ombudsmen and their relationship with other institutions for administrative redress, such as courts and tribunals.

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European report on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination

Council of Europe

In June 2011, the Council of Europe published ‘Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe’.

This report presents the results of the largest socio-legal study ever carried out on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Six thematic chapters give a broad overview of the human rights situation of LGBT persons and recommendations are provided for developing and implementing effective measures to address discrimination. The report is intended as a tool for dialogue with authorities and other stakeholders. It constitutes a baseline study for further action in both legislative and policy fields to ensure that all LGBT people can effectively exercise their human rights.

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EHRC research on the equality duties and schools

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In Summer 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘The equality duties and schools’.

The report, by Graham Bukowski, Hazel Roberts, Jen Fraser and Fiona Johnson, looks at the actions schools in England and Wales have taken under the race, disability and gender equality duties, which were superseded on 5 April 2011 by the new Public Sector Equality Duty.

The report is accompanied by in-depth case studies and a policy paper which makes recommendations for key organisations in the new policy landscape in education.

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Report of Commission on Funding of Care and Support

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‘Fairer Care Funding’, the report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, was published on 4 July 2o11.

The independent commission, chaired by Andrew Dilnot, was set up by the Government in July 2010 and asked to recommend a fair and sustainable funding system for adult social care in England.

Among the recommendations in the report are:

  • Individuals’ lifetime contributions towards their social care costs – which are currently potentially unlimited – should be capped. After the cap is reached, individuals would be eligible for full state support. This cap should be between £25,000 and £50,000. We consider that £35,000 is the most appropriate and fair figure;
  • The means-tested threshold, above which people are liable for their full care costs, should be increased from £23,250 to £100,000;
  • National eligibility criteria and portable assessments should be introduced to ensure greater consistency; and
  • All those who enter adulthood with a care and support need should be eligible for free state support immediately rather than being subjected to a means test.

The Commission estimates that its proposals – based on a cap of £35,000 – would cost the State around £1.7billion.

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