February 2011

Welcome to the February edition of the Commission's email newsletter, Equality and Human Rights News

Triennial Review

Prejudice-based bullying in schools

The Commission recently identified the need to reduce the incidence of prejudice-based bullying in schools and workplaces in its first Triennial Review. The Commission has done further research to explore this issue and has invited panellists, including Nick Gibb MP, Minister for Schools, to take part in a launch event on 2 March.
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Human Rights

Ruling on prisoner voting

'Sometimes the right thing to do is not the most popular course of action.' John Wadham, Group Director Legal at the Commission, has spoken about the Government's compliance with the European Court of Human Rights ruling on prisoner voting.
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Independent living

Inquiry into the rights of disabled people

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has issued a call for evidence in its Inquiry into the rights of disabled people to independent living as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.
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Reform of social care

New Commission research

The Commission has published new research about personalisation in the reform of social care and access to advocacy. Personalisation refers to services like direct payments, personal budgets and self-directed or funded support.
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Also this month

Equality Act update - consultations and guidance

The Commission would like to invite you to take part in the public consultation on the Commission's draft Code of Practice for the new Equality Act for Schools in England and Wales. The consultation will close on 22 April 2011. We have also produced guidance on the new public sector equality duties under the Act.
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Response to the Lord Davies report on women in the boardroom

The Commission has responded to the release of the report of Lord Davies on women in the boardroom. This will be a priority area for our investigations over the next two years.
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New research from the Commission

The following research reports have been published over the last month and are available on our website

Events

Equality in Wales
Tuesday 29 March, Cardiff and Thursday 31 March, Conwy. For more information email: mandy.bain@equalityhumanrights.com

UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) training, in partnership with Engender
Friday 11 March, Glasgow and Thursday 17 March, Aberdeen. For more information email: trina@engender.org.uk

The Rehabilitation of Hate Crime Offenders - An International Study
Tuesday 15 March, Edinburgh. For more information email: scotlandcommunication@equalityhumanrights.com

Equality Act events
The following events on the new Equality Act are provided by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service alongside the Skills Funding Agency, with speakers from the Commission:

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