Consultation on the Review of the Equality Acts
A consultation has been launched seeking the public’s views on a review of the Equality Acts (Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015). The Review of the Equality Acts is a hugely important opportunity for all groups and individuals who are concerned with promoting equality and combatting discrimination, and the current consultation process provides the opportunity to set the agenda for the Review.
In July, Clare PPN made a submission to the consultation on the National Action Plan Against Racism (which can be viewed HERE) and we are inviting the views of our member groups for this submission.
Views of the public are sought on:
- The functioning of the Acts and their effectiveness in combatting discrimination and promoting equality;
- The degree to which those experiencing discrimination are aware of the legislation and whether there are obstacles which deter them from taking an action;
- The scope of the current definitions of the nine equality grounds. This will include consideration of the gender ground, the disability ground and whether new grounds should be added, such as the ground of socio-economic discrimination;
- Whether the legislation adequately addresses intersectionality or the intersection of discrimination across a number of grounds;
- Whether existing exemptions in the legislation should be modified or removed;
- Any other issues arising from the legislation.
To facilitate your participation in the Clare PPN submission, we have devised a survey HERE (closing date 3rd December 2021)
You are also welcome to send your own submission to firstname.lastname@example.org (closing date has been extended to 8th December 2021)