July

  • High Court overturns decision not to license accessible taxi

    31 July 2009

    The High Court has overturned a decision by Liverpool City Council not to license a particular type of accessible taxi, after the Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened in the case.

  • Inquiry reveals poor recruitment practices stop ethnic minorities entering the construction industry

    31 July 2009

    A negative image of the construction industry and poor recruitment practices are contributing to the low numbers of ethnic minorities entering the industry, according to the results of an inquiry published today.

  • Commission welcomes High Court ruling on reasonable adjustments in schools

    24 July 2009

    The Commission has welcomed a High Court ruling confirming that schools have to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children with conditions that give rise to behavioural problems.

  • Commission launches Equality Measurement Framework

    23 July 2009

    The Equality Measurement Framework (EMF) was developed for the Commission and the Government Equalities Office by a team based at the London School of Economics. The EMF will provide information for government and public bodies to inform policy, public services and campaigning priorities. It will also be a resource for journalists, voluntary sector groups and academics to find out more about the state of equality and human rights in Britain.

  • Commission's Annual Report and Accounts for 2006-8 published

    20 July 2009

    The Government Equalities Office has today published the Equality and Human Rights Commission's first Annual Report and Accounts. The Report covers the period 18 April 2006 - 31 March 2008 and both the transition period of the Commission and its first six months of full operations.

  • Update on Commission's letter to British National Party

    20 July 2009

    We can confirm that the BNP has written to the Commission requesting an extension until Friday 24 July 2009. As is normal in these situations, the Commission has agreed to give the BNP this additional time to respond to our requirements.

  • Commission launches three-year strategic plan

    16 July 2009

    The Commission has today published its three-year strategic plan setting out its priorities and work programmes to March 2012. The publication comes the day after the Government announced the reappointment of Commission Chair Trevor Phillips and Deputy Chair Baroness Margaret Prosser for further three year terms.

  • Jobcentre Plus needs to do more to promote equality

    08 July 2009

    The first formal Assessment carried out by the Commission has found that the Department for Work and Pensions’ Jobcentre Plus agency is not meeting all the expectations of its public sector duties on equality.  It also found unnecessary duplication between the work of the Department and its agency on equality policies.

  • Research finds no bias in allocation of social housing

    07 July 2009

    The vast majority of people who live in social housing in Britain were born in the UK according to a research study published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission today. The study found that less than two per cent of all social housing residents are people who have moved to Britain in the last five years and that nine out of ten people who live in social housing were born in the UK.

  • Winners announced in National Youth Art Competition

    02 July 2009

    Ten winners of the 2009 Young Brits at Art Competition, run by the Commission, were announced today (2 July) at an awards ceremony at London's South Bank Centre.

  • New ruling extends disability discrimination powers

    01 July 2009

    More people with disabilities will now receive protection from discrimination after a landmark ruling from the House of Lords, in which the Commission intervened.