EHRC research on the equality duties and schools

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In Summer 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘The equality duties and schools’.

The report, by Graham Bukowski, Hazel Roberts, Jen Fraser and Fiona Johnson, looks at the actions schools in England and Wales have taken under the race, disability and gender equality duties, which were superseded on 5 April 2011 by the new Public Sector Equality Duty.

The report is accompanied by in-depth case studies and a policy paper which makes recommendations for key organisations in the new policy landscape in education.

Click here for information about EHRC research and policy papers on the equality duty

Report of Commission on Funding of Care and Support

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‘Fairer Care Funding’, the report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, was published on 4 July 2o11.

The independent commission, chaired by Andrew Dilnot, was set up by the Government in July 2010 and asked to recommend a fair and sustainable funding system for adult social care in England.

Among the recommendations in the report are:

  • Individuals’ lifetime contributions towards their social care costs – which are currently potentially unlimited – should be capped. After the cap is reached, individuals would be eligible for full state support. This cap should be between £25,000 and £50,000. We consider that £35,000 is the most appropriate and fair figure;
  • The means-tested threshold, above which people are liable for their full care costs, should be increased from £23,250 to £100,000;
  • National eligibility criteria and portable assessments should be introduced to ensure greater consistency; and
  • All those who enter adulthood with a care and support need should be eligible for free state support immediately rather than being subjected to a means test.

The Commission estimates that its proposals – based on a cap of £35,000 – would cost the State around £1.7billion.

Click here for report (pdf)

Refugees, migrants and the equality agenda – EDF research and briefings

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In May and June 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) published two briefings and a report on refugees, migrants and equality.

‘Refugees, migrants and the Equality Act 2010. A briefing for public authorities’ was written for EDF by Barbara Cohen and published in June 2011.

Click here for briefing for public authorities (pdf)

‘Refugees, migrants and the Equality Act 2010. A briefing for refugee and migrant community organisations’ was written for EDF by Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership (REAP) and published in June 2011.

Click here for briefing for refugee and migrant community organisations (pdf)

‘Who’s Still Missing? Refugees, migrants and the equality agenda’ by Dr Phil McCarvill was published in May 2011. The research explores what lessons can be learnt from the implementation of the previous Race Equality Duty and considers how public authorities can most effectively use the new Duty to incorporate refugee and migrant communities into their core work.

Click here for ‘Who’s Still Missing? Refugees, migrants and the equality agenda’ (pdf)

The report was launched at a conference on 17 May 2011 attended by representatives of local authorities as well as equality, human rights, refugee and migrant NGOs.

The conference was chaired by Sarah Spencer CBE, chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum. Dr McCarvill presented the findings of the research before responses from panellists including:

  • Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council
  • Don Flynn, Director of the Migrants’ Rights Network
  • Olvia Fellas, Head of Equalities, Refugee and Migrant Services at Islington Council
  • Rose Doran, Community Cohesion Advisor, Equalities and Cohesion team, Local Government Improvement and Development

Following a plenary discussion, Angela Mason, Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission and Councillor, London Borough of Camden gave closing remarks and suggestions for next steps in addressing refugee and migrant disadvantage.

Click here for presentation by Dr McCarvill (Powerpoint)

Additional material:

Click here for statement by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on ‘The Equality Act 2010 and its application to asylum-seekers and refugees’. This includes confirmation that ‘there is no blanket exemption from the Equality Act 2010 (or its predecessor statutes) for persons who are subject to immigration control’ and that while there are limited exemptions in relation to immigration control ‘Asylum-seekers and refugees and all other persons subject to immigration control are protected by the EA2010 [Equality Act 2010]’.

Click here for link to ‘The Relationship between Immigration Status and Rights in the UK: Exploring the Rationale’ by Sarah Spencer and Jason Pobjoy (COMPAS working paper 11-86)

Click here for Don Flynn’s blog about the research

Please contact EDF at info@edf.org.uk to request a printed copy of ‘Who’s still missing?’

The briefings, report and event were part of the EDF’s project on refugee and migrant equality supported by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Trust for London.

Sarah Spencer: ‘The migration debate’

‘The migration debate’ by Sarah Spencer CBE, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum and Deputy Director at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, was published by The Policy Press in June 2011.

A contribution to one of the most hotly contested issues in Europe, ‘The migration debate’ provides a well-balanced, critical analysis of UK migration policies, in a European context, from entry controls through to integration and citizenship. Exploring the pressures and constraints that have shaped a rapidly shifting policy terrain, this accessible overview offers a considered assessment of policy options to provide the foundation for a less polarised, better-informed public debate. Unusual in its coverage of immigration for work, study, family and protection, and in its insistence that an understanding of integration processes must be considered alongside analysis of entry controls, ‘The migration debate’ will be of equal value to policy makers as to a multi-disciplinary academic readership.

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