Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee
Here you can find evidence submitted by the Commission to the Disability Committee.
20 July 2016
Our response to the Select Committee report set out the action the Commission will take over the next year and called on the government to bring in immediately the full provisions in the Equality Act. On publishing our response, Commission Chair David Isaac called for a new national focus on disability rights, so that disabled people are no longer treated as ‘second class citizens’.
6 January 2016
The Commission submitted this evidence, which focuses on our approach to providing legal assistance under Section 28 of the Equality Act 2006.
21 December 2015
Further to our previous evidence submissions, the Commission provided supplementary information in relation to pay gaps and mandatory assessments of cases.
The Commission welcomed the opportunity to respond to issues raised with the committee throughout its evidence session. This response focuses on the Disability Committee, the helpline and cumulative impact assessments.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission provided written evidence on the questions set out in the Committee’s call for written evidence. In this submission, the Commission outlines work it has carried out in support of the aims of the Equality Act 2010, including strategic litigation and the production of guidance. The Commission highlights how implementation of the Act could be improved, particularly by full implementation of its provisions and the reinstatement of provisions that have been repealed. The Commission calls for all aspects of equality and human rights to be brought under the authority of a single government department; new powers that would enable the Commission to enforce the Act more effectively, and a comprehensive review of access to justice in discrimination cases.
During the Commission’s oral evidence session with the committee, we undertook to provide further evidence in writing on a number of issues:
1. Some comparisons of the budgets and effectiveness of the Disability Rights Commission (pre 2007) with the current budget and work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
2. Gaps in the law - the Commission’s proposed amendments to the Equality Act 2010, including some comments on provisions that have been enacted but not commenced
3. Comments on negotiations on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s proposed Statutory Codes of Practice,
4. Some comparisons between the requirements and effects of the Public Sector Equality Duty in England, Scotland and Wales
5. Some comments on the effects of the removal of Employment and Support Allowance from people in the Work Related Activity Group
6. A summary of the most recent outcomes from our Disability Harassment Inquiry
7. Examples of legal cases which the Commission has intervened in or supported that have had significant impacts for disabled people
Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, Chair, Lord Holmes of Richmond, Disability Commissioner, and Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Legal Officer (now Chief Executive), Equality and Human Rights Commission gave evidence to the committee as part of their inquiry to consider and report on the impact on people with disabilities of the Equality Act 2010.
Last updated: 20 Jul 2016