EHRC research on targeted harassment and violence

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On 31 October 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘Public authority commitment and action to eliminate targeted harassment and violence’ (research report 74).

The research report provides the first attempt at a systematic investigation of what public authorities in Britain are doing to eliminate targeted harassment directed at people on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

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Action on Hearing Loss: research on hearing loss in the workplace

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In November 2011, Action on Hearing Loss published ‘Unlimited Potential?’, a research report looking at hearing loss in the workplace.

It looks at the experiences of 27 people who lost some or all of their hearing whilst of working age. What support did they receive from their work and from other sources? What support would they have liked to receive? The report also includes statistics from the charity’s 2010 annual survey of members, where 40% of respondents who lost their hearing whilst of working age said this made them feel less confident in their abilities.

The report suggests lots of solutions to improve the workplace experience for people with hearing loss.

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WHO and World Bank report on disability

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Published in 2011, the first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.

People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.

An easy read version of the ‘World report on disability’ by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank was published in June 2011.

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Runnymede: BME voting patterns

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In October 2011, Runnymede highlighted findings on Black and minority ethnic (BME) voting patterns.

The findings show that only 16% of Black and minority ethnic people voted Conservative in the last election and that ethnic minorities, on the whole, are highly supportive of British democracy.

Five of the presentations from a workshop held at TNS-BMRB offices on 27 October are also available on the Runnymede website. These outline the findings in greater detail, and provide unique insight into the behaviours and attitudes of black and minority ethnic voters.

A team of researchers from Oxford, Manchester and Essex Universities carried out this research after the 2010 general election, focussing on the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean and Black African background. The fieldwork was carried out by TNS-BMRB and the study was funded by the Economic and SocialResearch Council (ESRC).

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FRA report on the ‘protection of persons with mental health problems’

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

In October 2011, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a report on ‘The legal protection of persons with mental health problems under non-discrimination law’.

The report examines how disability is defined in international and European law and then explores the obligation to provide reasonable accommodation as contained in international and European standards.

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EC interactive model on ‘Factors at play in the perpetration of violence’

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In 2011, the European Commission published ‘Factors at play in the perpetration of violence against women, violence against children and sexual orientation violence. A Multi-level Interactive Model’.

The model was developed for the European Commission as part of the Feasibility study to assess the possibilities, opportunities and needs to standardise national legislation on gender violence and violence against children.

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Respublica report: ‘Age of Opportunity: Older people, volunteering and the Big Society’


Respublica’s report ‘Age of Opportunity: Older people, volunteering and the Big Society’ was published in October 2011.

Written by ResPublica Associate Antonia Cox, the report, produced in conjunction with Independent Age, demonstrates that older people are already a fundamental part of the government’s Big Society vision and considers how their level of engagement can be maintained and increased. 

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