EHRC report: The impact of counter-terrorism measures on Muslim communities

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In June 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published an independent report entitled ‘The impact of counter-terrorism measures on Muslim communities’ (Research report 72).

This qualitative research report examines the diverse experiences of Muslims on the street and in the community, at ports and airports, and in mosques, schools and universities, as a result of counter-terrorism measures. EHRC commissioned this research to provide a contribution to the evidence base on the impact of counter-terrorism measures in Britain, an area where few facts are known.

While the opinions in the report are those of the researchers and not necessarily the views of the EHRC, some of the findings have informed EHRC’s response to the government’s counter-terrorism review and more recently the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill.

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High Pay Commission interim report

The interim report of the High Pay Commission ‘More for Less: what has happened to pay at the top and does it matter?’ was published in May 2011.

The report finds that ‘if current trends continue, by 2025 the top 0.1% of earners will take home 10% of the national income and by 2030 we will have gone back to levels of inequality not seen since Victorian England’.

The report argues that ‘excessive rewards are undermining relationships with employees and shareholders; they are encouraging harmful risk taking and creating an economic elite which wields enormous power but appears to have lost touch with how the rest of us live’.

The Commission, chaired by Deborah Hargreaves, is an independent inquiry into high pay and boardroom pay across the public and private sectors in the UK. The Commission was established by Compass with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The Commission runs for one year from November 2010.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation review on poverty and ethnicity

In May 2011, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published ‘A review of evidence on the links between poverty and ethnicity’.

The review summarises the results of scoping work on how poverty and ethnicity interact, prior to the launch of a major new programme of work on the subject.

The research focused on:

  • the three main areas affecting experiences of poverty – education, work and unpaid caring;
  • how social networks and place shape experiences and opportunities;
  • inequality within ethnic minority groups.

It identifies key gaps where greater understanding could support more effective action on poverty across different ethnicities. The research also included qualitative research with a number of communities to understand their day-to-day experiences.

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Publication: Bankrupt Britain. An atlas of social change

Bankrupt Britain is a unique atlas giving a comprehensive picture of the effect of the recession on Britain. In detailed colour maps, it shows how economic, social and environmental fortunes have been affected in different areas in the wake of the 2007 banking crisis, 2008 economic crash and 2009 credit crunch.

The book, by Daniel Dorling and Bethan Thomas, was published in May 2011.

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Department for Education report on anti-bullying strategies in schools

Department of Education

In April 2011, the Department for Education published ‘The use and effectiveness of anti-bullying strategies in schools’.

The report examines the effectiveness of anti-bullying interventions between September 2008 and November 2010. It aimed to examine which strategies schools in England used to deal with episodes of bullying, which are supported by local authorities, why schools choose these strategies, and how choice of strategy varies by sector and type of bullying.

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Report on ‘Access to justice in Europe’

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

In March 2011, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights launched its report ‘Access to justice in Europe: an overview of challenges and opportunities’.

The report provides a comparative analysis of access to justice across the EU Member States and finds that there are many obstacles that make it difficult for victims to enforce their rights.

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