Stonewall report on LGB people in later life

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In 2011, Stonewall published a report on ‘Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual People in later life’.

The report is based on a survey of 1,050 heterosexual and 1,036 lesbian, gay and bisexual people over the age of 55 across Britain. The survey asked about their experiences and expectations of getting older and examined their personal support structures, family connections and living arrangements. It also asked about how they feel about getting older, the help they expect to need, and what they would like to be available from health and social care services.

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Report: ‘Out & About, Mapping LGBT Lives in Birmingham’

Birmingham LGBT

‘Out & About, Mapping LGBT Lives in Birmingham’ was published by Birmingham LGBT in September 2011.

The report contains up to date data about the experiences of 636 LGB and T people who live work and socialise in Birmingham.

It covers diversity monitoring, socio economic data, leisure spend, and community infrastructure, LGBT health, mental health, hate crime, domestic violence, homophobic bullying, and Tran’s issues.

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Publication: ‘Children’s Socio-Economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts’

‘Children’s Socio-Economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts’ by Aoife Nolan was published in 2011.

The book focusses on the circumstances in which the courts can and should give effect to the socio-economic rights of children.

The author brings together and addresses a wide range of issues that have never previously been considered together in book form. These include children’s socio-economic rights; children as citizens and their position in relation to democratic decision-making processes; the implications of children and their rights for democratic and constitutional theory; the role of the courts in ensuring the enforcement of children’s rights; and the debates surrounding the litigation and adjudication of socio-economic rights.

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United Nations race committee’s response to UK report

Office of the High Commisioner for Human Rights

On 1 September 2011, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its report of concluding observations on the UK Government’s 18th and 19th periodic reports, showing how the Government has complied with the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

In the report, the Committee ‘welcomes the enactment of the Equality Act of 2010 as a landmark improvement in anti- discrimination legislation’ and ‘notes with appreciation the establishment of the Equality and Human Rights Commission under the Equality Act of 2006’.

However, the Committee raises a number of concerns, including concerns relating to:

  • the UK Government’s response to the riots and acts of vandalism that took place in August 2011.
  • reports of an increase in virulent attacks and negative portrayal of ethnic minorities, immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees by the media.
  • the austerity measures adopted in response to the current economic downturn, and the so-called ‘Red Tape’ challenge, including scrutiny of measures envisaged under the Equality Act to prune those deemed ‘bureaucratic or burdensome’.
  • the potential impact of measures in the Localism Bill to enhance decision-making powers at local level.
  • proposed budget cuts to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which may have negative effects on the execution of its mandate.
  • the lack of a race equality strategy that includes an action plan, targets and monitoring provisions.

The Committee recommends that the UK Government ‘ should implement all of the provisions of the Equality Act and ensure that there is no regression from the current levels of protection’.

The report also states that the Committee ‘deeply regrets the State party’s insistence on proceeding immediately with the eviction of the Gypsy and Traveller community at Dale Farm in Essex before identifying and providing alternative culturally appropriate housing for members of these communities’. A separate ‘Statement on Dale Farm’ was also published on 1 September.

In June 2011, UK NGOs Against Racism submitted a report to CERD highlighting the key challenges faced by ethnic minorities in the UK and where the Government could be doing more to tackle inequalities in BME communities.

In July 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published its shadow report to CERD, highlighting the key issues that the EHRC considers are impacting on race equality and containing recommendations for government action.

Click here for CERD report of concluding observations on the UK government’s 18th and 19th periodic reports (pdf)

Click here for CERD Statement on Dale Farm (pdf) and click here for petition in support of the UN call to delay the evictions at Dale Farm

Click here for report submitted to CERD by UK NGOs Against Racism

Click here for letter from UK race NGOs published on 21 August 2011

Click here for report submitted to CERD by the Equality and Human Rights Commission

EHRC report: ‘Protecting Information Privacy’

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In August 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commision published ‘Protecting Information Privacy’.

This report examines the threats to information privacy that have emerged in recent years, focusing on the activities of the state. It shows that current privacy law is failing to stop breaches of personal data privacy and is not keeping pace with the rapid growth in personal data collection.

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EHRC report: Sex & Power 2011

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Published on 17 August 2011 by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), ‘Sex & Power 2011’ shows a continuing trend of women being passed over for top jobs in Britain. More than 5,400 women are missing from Britain’s 26,000 most powerful posts.

The report measures the number of women in positions of power and influence across 27 occupational categories in the public and private sectors.

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Race equality organisations’ report to CERD

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Runnymede and other UK race equality organisations are going to Geneva on 21 August 2011 ahead of the UK Government’s examination by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 23 and 24 August. The Committee will be assessing the government’s policies on tackling racism and inequalities in the UK’s BME communities, and race organisations will be there to make sure the most important issues are brought to the table.

Runnymede and other race equality organisations produced a report in June 2011 which was submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) ahead of its examination of the UK Government later this month. The report highlights the key challenges faced by ethnic minorities in the UK and where the Government could be doing more to tackle inequalities in BME communities.

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Shadow report to the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

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In July 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published its shadow report to the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

The report draws the Committee’s attention to the key issues that the Commission considers are impacting on race equality, highlights gaps in the State report, and makes recommendations to the Committee for government to take action.