January 2011

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

Equality Act 2010

New guidance available on the Public Sector Equality Duty

The Commission has published new guidance to help public authorities in England and non-devolved bodies in Scotland and Wales prepare for the new equality duty which comes into force on 6 April 2011. The new duty includes age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. The Commission's guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty is the latest in its series of publications that explain the Equality Act 2010. We will also be consulting on a new Code of Practice for Education from 1 February 2011.
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Landmark judgment

Court finds hotel owners discriminated against gay couple 

A gay couple have won their discrimination claim against the owners of a hotel in a landmark judgment in the Bristol County Court in a case which was funded and led by the Commission.
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Inquiry into homecare of older people

The Commission has been gathering evidence to build a picture of human rights and homecare for the over 65s in England.  Due to the high volume of responses, the Inquiry's official Call for Evidence stage has now been extended to Friday 4 March 2011.
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Human trafficking

Inquiry into human trafficking in Scotland

The Commission has launched an Inquiry to try to identify the nature and extent of human trafficking in Scotland. We are taking a particular interest in policy and practice against human trafficking in Scotland in the areas of asylum, law investigation and enforcement, and services for victims.
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Also this month

Assessment of HM Treasury's compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty

The Commission will be undertaking a Section 31 Assessment of HM Treasury - a formal Assessment of the extent to which HM Treasury has met its obligations under the public sector equality duties when considering the impact of decisions contained in the Spending Review.
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Strengthening women's rights: using CEDAW in the UK

CEDAW - the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women - is an important mechanism for strengthening women's rights in the UK. The Commission has recently published guidance on the Convention.
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Commission's action against the BNP

The Commission will continue to monitor any changes to the BNP's constitution to ensure membership is made genuinely accessible.
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Public Bodies Bill

The Commission has raised a number of points about the Public Bodies Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament. The Bill seeks to provide ministers with the power to abolish, merge or modify the functions, constitution and funding arrangements of a range of public bodies.
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Improving equality outcomes through Local Strategic Partnerships

The Commission has published new research on the role of Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) and Local Area Agreements (LAAs) in promoting equalities. The study, led by Hilary Russell of Liverpool John Moore's European Institute for Urban Affairs, aims to highlight good practice.
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Upcoming events

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
February, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle. Read more

Working Better with the Equality Act
Tuesday 22 March, Glasgow. For more information email: Scotlandcommunication@equalityhumanrights.com

Putting the Equality Duty into practice: legal analysis
Friday 4 February, University of Strathclyde. For more information email: karen.brough@shepwedd.co.uk

Independent Living in Scotland Festival
Thursday 17 February, Glasgow. For further information email: events@patonprojectservices.co.uk or visit www.ilis.co.uk

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