European report: ‘Living together. Combining diversity and freedom in 21st century Europe’

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‘Living together. Combining diversity and freedom in 21st century Europe’, the Report of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe, was published in May 2011.

The report assesses the seriousness of the risks arising from the resurgence of intolerance and discrimination in Europe and makes a series of proposals for ‘living together’ in open European societies.

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Seminar report: An Equality and Human Rights Framework for the Third Sector

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In April 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum in association with Third Sector organisations published the report of a seminar on ‘An Equalities & Human Rights Framework for the Third Sector? Exploring the options’.

The seminar was held on 3 March 2011. It was organised by a working group of Equalities & Human Rights specialists, representing five national voluntary organisations (Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK, Action for Children, Shelter and the Campaign for National Parks) in association with the Equality and Diversity Forum. The organisers were interested in exploring with colleagues from a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations the relative merits of existing equalities and human rights standards and frameworks, and what the options might be for developing an Equality and Human Rights Framework applicable to a wide cross-section of voluntary sector organisations.

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Justice Committee report on proposed reform of legal aid

In March 2011, the parliamentary Justice Committee published its report on the the Government’s proposed reforms to legal aid.

The report states: ‘There is a degree of consensus amongst all political parties that the cost of legal aid needs to be reduced, but it is imperative that there is a careful assessment of the impact of the proposed changes on those people most dependent on legal aid. We call on the Government to assess more fully the likely impact of its reforms, for example, on the operation of courts and tribunals, and for public expenditure more generally, before deciding whether to implement them. The Government needs to refine its proposals further before introducing a major change in the way the accessibility of the justice system has come to be viewed.’

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ROTA Female Voice in Violence project and final report

The final report of ROTA’s Female Voice in Violence project was published in March 2011.

The Race on the Agenda (ROTA) Female Voice in Violence Programme seeks to: assess the impact of criminal gangs and serious youth violence on women and girls; inform and improve policy and strategy to tackle criminal gangs, serious youth violence (SYV) and violence against women and girls (VAWG); and support the voluntary sector to respond to the needs of women and girls affected by criminal gangs and serious youth violence.

The final report of the project shows that ‘Girls and women across the country who disclose experience of rape, torture, abuse, exploitation and manipulation as a result of their relationships with gang-associated male family members and peers are at risk of repeat abuse and victimisation’.

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Inclusion London report: All in this together?

On 1 April 2011, Inclusion London published All in this together? An evidence base on Deaf and disabled Londoners and the impact of past and future policies.

The report reveals the profound barriers to equality faced by disabled people in London.

Research conducted by the Office for Public Management (OPM), based on fresh analyses of national datasets and an evidence review, found that the austerity measures are likely to lead to worsening inequality and poverty among disabled Londoners.

Hutton Review of Fair Pay: Final report

In March 2011, Will Hutton published the Final Report of his Independent Review into Fair Pay in the Public Sector, along with his recommendations to the Government.

He was commissioned by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor in June 2010, to make recommendations on promoting pay fairness in the public sector by tackling disparities between the lowest and the highest paid in public sector organisations.

In his Final Report, Will Hutton makes recommendations for a new settlement for public sector leadership. Under this deal, senior public servants’ pay will be directly linked to their performance and will be explained transparently to the public. In return, public service leaders are entitled to expect improved public appreciation of the responsibilities of senior public service roles, and the ethos of public service that motivates them.

Committee report and response on ‘Shrinking the Quango State’

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In March 2011, the Government published its response to the Public Administration Select Committee Report ‘Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango State’.

In January 2011, the Public Affairs Select Committee published its report ‘Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango State’. The report found that ‘the Government’s “Bonfire of the Quangos” has been “poorly managed” resulting in badly drafted legislation that won’t deliver significant cost savings or improved accountability’.

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Handbook on European non-discrimination law

The Handbook on European non-discrimination law, jointly produced by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, is a comprehensive guide to non-discrimination law and relevant key concepts.

The handbook, published in March 2011, is the first publication to present and explain the body of non-discrimination law stemming from the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union law as a single, converging legal system.

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