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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EHRC and GEO monitoring update on the impact of the recession

In December 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) published a ‘Monitoring update on the impact of the recession on various demographic groups’.

The document updates findings published earlier in 2009 and looks at how the downturn in the UK labour market has impacted on various equality groups between the first quarter of 2008 and the quarter ending September 2009.

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ENAR paper on ‘Migration and Diversity’

In December 2009, the European Network against Racism (ENAR) published its ‘General Policy Paper No. 6: Migration and Diversity: A Rights-Based Approach to Migration’.

It is the product of ongoing concern and reflection regarding the development of progressive migration and integration policies, at a time when the EU institutions are considering a new programme for the design of EU policies in the area of justice and home affairs after 2010.

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European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey

In December 2009, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the results of its EU-MIDIS survey.

Addressing the lack of reliable and comparable data on minorities in many EU countries, the survey examines experiences of discriminatory treatment, racist crime victimisation, awareness of rights, and reporting of complaints. EU-MIDIS involved face-to-face interviews with 23,500 persons from selected immigrant and ethnic minority groups in all 27 Member States of the European Union. 5,000 persons from the majority population were also interviewed to compare the results.

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EHRC: ‘Good relations: a conceptual analysis’

In October 2009 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), published ‘Good relations: a conceptual analysis’ by Nick Johnson and John Tatam of the Institute of Community Cohesion. The report provides a conceptual basis for the development by the EHRC of a measurement framework for good relations.

It examines what is meant by good relations and how this reflects, or stems from, theoretical approaches and public policy, and begins to suggest ways in which good relations might be measured. The report identifies five potential ways in which good relations might be spelt out and thus measured: interactions with others; attitudes to others; participation and influence; personal security; and sense of belonging.

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EHRC report on integration in the workplace

In 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘Integration in the workplace: emerging employment practice on age, sexual orientation and religion or belief’ by Sue Bond and Emma Hollywood.

This report examines good practice in relation to recruitment, promotion and advancement at work with regard to age, sexual orientation and religion or belief. Based on detailed research in eight case study organisations in England, Scotland and Wales, the report identifies a range of good practice, but also shows that organisational responses to these issues vary according to a range of contexts and factors. It also identifies some of the emerging good practices that could be adopted within other organisations.

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