BEMIS report on local authorities and race equality


In 2010, Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS) published a Research Outline Report on Local Authorities and Race Equality.

The report marks an outline exploration of how local authorities deploy race equality duty; the main aim has been to explore area of good practice, gaps in support and venues where voluntary sector race equality groups can cooperate with local authorities in addressing gaps or progressing good practice work.

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Click here for link to the Scottish Government Race Equality Statement which sets out the Government’s priorities for race equality work up to 2011

Research on poverty and childhood disability

Research published in 2010 suggests that UK disabled children experience higher levels of poverty and personal and social disadvantage than other children.

‘Prevalence of childhood disability and the characteristics and circumstances of disabled children in the UK: secondary analysis of the Family Resources Survey’ by Clare M Blackburn, Nick J Spencer and Janet M Read was published in BMC Pediatrics on 16 April 2010.

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Research on persistent inequality

‘Injustice. Why Social Inequality Persists’ by Danny Dorling was published by Polity Press in April 2010.

The research argues that persistent inequality is caused by elitism, exclusion, prejudice, greed and despair.

Click here for link to Guardian report (21 April 2010)

Report: ‘CEDAW in the UK’

‘CEDAW in the UK’ by Sandra Fredman, Professor of Law at Oxford University, outlines the legal status and application of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) in the UK.

The report was published in 2010.

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TAEN report: ‘Tackling Unemployment After the Recession’

‘Tackling Unemployment After the Recession: Conference Report’ was published on 18 March 2010.

It is the report of the joint TAEN and Social Market Foundation Conference held on 8 March 2010 on ‘Who’s Hurting and What’s Working? Tackling Unemployment After the Recession’. The speakers included Yvette Cooper, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud, Conservative Spokesman on Welfare Reform, and Steve Webb, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions spokesman. They shared their views, on the eve of the general election campaign, on tackling unemployment and issues for younger and older workers. The conference was sponsored by Reed in Partnership.

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Speaker’s Conference report and responses

The Speaker’s Conference published its final report on 11 January 2010.

The Conference was asked to: ‘Consider, and make recommendations for rectifying, the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons and their representation in the UK population at large’, and consider other associated matters.

On Wednesday 10 March 2010, the responses to the Speaker’s Conference final report were published. Responses from the House of Commons Management Board, the Labour Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats as well as the Government Equalities Office (GEO) are included.

Click here for Speaker’s Conference final report published on 11 January 2010

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EHRC report: ‘Developing a Bill of Rights for the UK’

In March 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘Developing a Bill of Rights for the UK’.

To understand what this could mean for Britain, the EHRC worked with Global Partners and Associates and London Metropolitan University to identify and explore best practice processes for developing a new Bill of Rights. The research analysed evidence drawn from related domestic and international experiences, indentified key principles that should underpin the development of a bill of rights. It also strove to indentify policy implications in relation to any future process.

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Click here to view the Commission’s response to the Government’s consultation on a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

In addition on the 1st March the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) held a debate on the future of human rights legislation. The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Grieve MP, Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and David Howarth MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Justice set out their respective party’s position and answered questions from human rights experts.

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CIPD report on integrating talent management and diversity

In March 2010, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) published the report ‘Opening up talent for business success: integrating talent management and diversity’.

This report explores the extent to which employers are integrating talent management, and what can be learnt from those that do. It is aimed at talent management and diversity professionals and all those who take a keen interest in recruiting and developing the best people for their organisation. The commentary includes recommendations for action which are designed as questions to prompt how organisations approach talent management and diversity and identify the gaps they need to address to improve effectiveness.

Case studies include:

  • integrating diversity into the fabric of Guardian Media Group
  • building a workforce that is fully reflective of the communityat NHS Tower Hamlets
  • unlocking diverse talent, Margaret Gildea
  • working alongside strong values and to a tight deadline at  Locog Ltd.

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