March 2011

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

Public Sector Equality Duties!

New regulations coming into force early!

The commencement date for the general equality duty has been brought forward one day earlier to 5 April. The Government has published new draft specific duties on March 17 2011, so we will be revising our guidance as soon as possible.
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Home care Inquiry

Care provision for older people

The Homecare Inquiry general call for evidence closed on the 4 March with a fantastic response from carers, care and third sector organisations and older people and their friends and family. Thank you to all of you who responded.
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Government Spending Review

Impact of Spending Review on equalities

The Commission is conducting a formal Section 31 Assessment of HM Treasury to assess the extent to which it met its obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duties when considering the impact of the decisions contained in the Spending Review.
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Equality Act

Codes of Practice

We have produced Codes of Practice on Equal Pay; Service and Public Functions; and Employment to support the new Equality Act regulations which come into force on 6 April 2011.
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Also this month

Widespread bullying in schools is not being tackled, new report shows

On 2 March, the Commission launched an important new report on the problem of identity-based bullying in schools.
To launch the report the Commission co-hosted a lively 'questions time' style debate with Westminster Academy in London. We will be posting some vodcasts from the event on our website shortly.
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Monitoring the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Following the ratification of the in June 2009, the Commission has been working to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention. A consultation to review the immigration reservation for the Convention has now begun.
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Commission statement on Preddy and Hall legal case

John Wadham, Legal Director at the Commission, has spoken on the Commission's recent action on the Preddy and Hall case when hotel owners refused to let Steve Preddy and Martyn Hall share a double room at their hotel on religious grounds.
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Sports Charter

On 14 March the Government, together with major sporting bodies, launched a Charter calling for everyone with an interest or involvement in sport to unite in a common cause to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.
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Experience of cancer services for patients from ethnic minorities

The National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) are calling for cancer patients from ethnic minorities to have their say about cancer services.
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Ending violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity

The Commission has co-ordinated a joint National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) statement on ending violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the UN Human Rights Council 16th Session.
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