For more in-depth information on Equalities and Human Rights please access the following sites
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is charged by law with a vital mandate:
To protect individuals against discrimination, to enforce the laws on equality
Equality & Human Rights Commission
Scottish Disability Equality Forum SDEF
Deaf Blind Scotland
Glasgow Black and Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Network
Glasgow Women's Voluntary Sector
West of Scotland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum
Office of Public Sector Information OPSI
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Bill received Royal Assent on the 8th of April and formally became The Equality Act 2010.
It is intended that the provisions in the Act will come into force as follows:
October 2010: Main provisions.
April 2011: The integrated public sector Equality Duty, the Socio-economic Duty and dual discrimination protection.
2012: The ban on age discrimination in provision of goods, facilities, services and public functions.
2013: Private and voluntary sector gender pay transparency regulations (if required) and political parties publishing diversity data.
You can download the full Act at here www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2010/pdf/ukpga_20100015_en.pdf The webpage www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_bill.aspx also has downloads for Equality Impact Assessment and simple guide to the provisions of the Act in the form of an Equality Bill Factsheet.
Equality Act Restriction on Services - A Disservice to Charities?
The Act makes discrimination unlawful and applies to all organisations that provide a service to any part of the public. It also applies to anyone who sells goods or provides facilities. The Government Equalities Office guidance confirms that this will include "community centres, information and advice agencies, charity shops, sports clubs, internet based services, residential care homes, day care centres and private clubs and other associations with 25 or more members." The Act makes some changes to the public service provisions which will substantially affect charities.
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