Press Releases 2010

Commission Launches Landmark Fairness Report: how does Scotland fare?
11th October
The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland today published a landmark review bringing together for the first time all available information to answer the question ‘How Fair is Britain?’
The report provides the most accurate picture of daily life for people in Scotland today. Looking across what is necessary for people to live a happy, productive and fulfilled life, it concludes that while the country has made significant progress in terms of tackling discrimination and changing attitudes over the past 30 years, there exists a huge gap between aspiration and achievement.  Old inequalities continue to hold us back while new social and economic fault-lines emerge as we get older and more diverse.

Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland issues guide to spending cuts and warns: act now on fairness to avoid counting the cost
4th October 2010
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today issued urgent guidance to public bodies, highlighting the need to ensure equality and fairness are central to the decision making process about cuts in public spending.  The Commission has also published ‘Counting the Cost’, a report which analyses the extent to which Scotland's local authorities have taken into account the race, disability and gender equality duties while making funding decisions. 

Commission welcomes new Equality Act 2010
01 Octber 2010
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today welcomed the new Equality Act.  The new legislation, most of which comes into force today (1 October 2010), brings together a number of existing laws into one place making it easier to understand and put into practice. It extends protection to most people in the country and will help to make a fairer, more equal society.

Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland issues call for urgent national leadership on Gypsy Traveller accommodation stalemate 
17 September 2010
The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland today called for the Scottish Government to provide urgent national leadership on the current situation as regards Gypsy Traveller accommodation in order to prevent further tension escalating within communities.

Equal Pay Tribunal win for Skills Development Scotland Workers: on 40th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act Tribunal finds in favour of women paid £10,000 less a year
15 June 2010
Two female Skills Development Scotland (SDS) employees have won their equal pay Employment Tribunal case.  The case was supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission

40 years since the Equal Pay Act and Scotland’s women are still paid less than men
28 May 2010
On the 40th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has told businesses that they need to be proactive and take action to close the pay gap between men and women in their organisations.

Polish students awarded £25,000 in discrimination and unfair dismissal case against fruit picking farm
05 April 2010
Two Polish workers have been awarded a total of £25,000 in an employment tribunal case against a Perthshire fruit picking company. The tribunal found against David Leslie Fruits on the grounds of race discrimination, dismissal for asserting a statutory right and unlawful deductions from wages.

Commission in Scotland welcomes new hate crime laws
24 March 2010
The Commission in Scotland has welcomed new laws coming into force across Scotland today that will directly address how Scotland’s courts deal with the perpetrators of hate crime.  However the Commission has warned that until further action is taken to address the behaviour and rehabilitation of hate crime offenders, we will still have a long way to go before we can call a halt to the harassment and harm that continues to blight the lives of many Scots.

Commission launches major new Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC to lead
9 February 2010
The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland will today launch an in-depth Inquiry into human trafficking in Scotland with a particular focus on commercial sexual exploitation.

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2010