The Great Repeal Bill: white paper and member responses

HM Government

The government published a white paper on Brexit legislation in March 2017. The paper covered 12 key themes, including:

  • Trade: the UK is to come out of the single market and seek a new arrangement and free trade agreement with the EU.
  • Immigration: a new system to control EU migration will be introduced.
  • Expats: the government wants to secure an agreement with European countries on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and Britons living in Europe.
  • Devolution: giving more powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as decision-makers.

The government also included details of its Great Repeal Bill, designed to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and give Parliament the power to adopt parts of EU legislation into UK law.

Download the white paper.

Responses from EDF Associates
Liberty, March 2017

“This white paper has gaping holes where our rights should be. Where’s the guarantee to protect our EU rights so we don’t end up worse off than our neighbours across the Channel? Where’s the guarantee of proper democratic scrutiny?” – Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty

Responses from EDF Observers
EHRC, March 2017

“The government should use this golden opportunity to strengthen our own laws as we leave EU laws behind, including by introducing a constitutional right to equality that will make post-Brexit Britain fairer and more united.” –  Chair David Isaac

Citizens Advice Cymru report: ‘Work and health in Wales’

The Citizens Advice logo.

Citizens Advice Cymru published a report, ‘Work and health in Wales‘, in February 2017.

The report says that people of working age with disabilities or long term health conditions are also much less likely to be in work than those without disabilities or health conditions.

The report draws on evidence from across the Citizens Advice network in Wales and other sources. It highlights some of the many challenges this group face when looking for and trying to stay in work.

The report is available in English and Welsh.

ESRC fully-funded collaborative studentship in Empirical Studies in Law

Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. The studentships will commence in October 2017.

These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organization(s) at several key stages of the research.   Cardiff School of Law and Politics are offering two collaborative studentships in Empirical Studies in Law, a field of research which brings together methods from social science to address legal challenges in society and inform policy development.  One of the projects focuses on equality issues: “Securing Equality Rights and Access to Justice in Wales” under the supervision of Dr. Sara Drake.

Equality and Human Rights Exchange Regional Events in Wales – September 2016

The Equality and Human Rights Exchange will be holding events in Wales in September 2016.

The Equality and Human Rights Exchange is a forum for employers and service providers in Wales to exchange ideas and advice. These events will provide an opportunity to find out about the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s current work, to participate in a session on the links between attitudes and behaviours, and to network with colleagues across sectors.

During the course of the day there will be some sessions running in parallel and some plenary sessions.

For more information and to register, click on the relevant date and location.

Cardiff – 13 September 2016
Wrexham – 15 September 2016
Swansea – 20 September 2016

Equality and Human Rights Commission – Is Britain Fairer?

Is Britain Fairer?, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, was published on Friday 30 October 2015.

It is the most comprehensive review ever carried out on progress towards greater equality and human rights protection in Britain, revealing that while for many life has become fairer over the past five years, for others progress has stalled and for some– in particular young people and poor White boys – life on many fronts has got worse.

Is Britain Fairer? draws on a wide range of major datasets and the Commission’s own analysis to reveal how, as the country becomes more ethnically and religiously diverse than at any point in its history, new complexities mean many existing assumptions about which  of us encounter greater challenges may no longer hold to be true.

Analysis in the review identifies eight key challenges for policy makers, statutory bodies and other groups to address over the coming years:

  1. Improve the evidence and the ability to assess how fair society is.
  2. Raise standards and close attainment gaps in education.
  3. Encourage fair recruitment, development and reward in employment.
  4. Support improved living conditions in cohesive communities.
  5. Encourage democratic participation and ensure access to justice.
  6. Improve access to mental health services and support for those experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) poor mental health.
  7. Prevent abuse, neglect and ill-treatment in care and detention.
  8. Tackle targeted harassment and abuse of people who share particular protected characteristics.

The following are available alongside the full report:

  • a standalone executive summary (in English, Welsh, BSL and Easy Read versions)
  • the evidence which underpins the report, in the form of 10 evidence papers (which report the evidence by domain, or area of enquiry); 3 supporting papers (a context paper, methodology paper and technical paper, which provide the necessary background to the review); and relevant data tables.

Is Wales Fairer? was published in December 2015. It identifies seven key challenges that need to be addressed in Wales over the next five years.

Is Scotland Fairer? was published in January 2016. It identifies seven key equality and human rights challenges for Scotland over the coming years.

Is England Fairer? was published in March 2016. It identifies nine key equality and human rights challenges to be addressed.

Join the discussion:

The Commission invites you to join the debate by tweeting or retweeting using the hashtag #IsBritainFairer, by liking or sharing EHRC’s posts on Facebook or by blogging about Is Britain Fairer? with links to www.equalityhumanrights.com/IsBritainFairer.

EHRC press release for ‘Is Britain Fairer?’