Equality Updates 19th January 2012

Contents:

+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events

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+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS

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From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:

Consultation On Housing Support For Homeless Households (19/01/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/253880

Responses To The Consultation On The Public Sector Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations (19/01/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/253907

Forced Marriage Statutory Guidance Analysis Of Consultation Findings (19/01/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/10783

National Accommodation Strategy For Sex Offenders In Scotland (19/01/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/10788

Vulnerable Witness Provisions In The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011, Including The Authentication Of Prior Statements (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (19/01/12):
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/10781

Children To Get More Play Opportunities (19/01/12):
£3 million commitment to enhance play facilities.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ID3/253846

Police And Fire Reform Bill (17/01/12):
Plans to secure future of police and fire and rescue services.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/01/12135101

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From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:

Education And Culture Committee: 17 January 2012: 2nd Meeting, 2012:
includes an Item on: Kinship Care: http://digbig.com/5bfjph

Local Government And Regeneration Committee: 18 January 2012: 1st Meeting, 2012:
Includes an Item on: Inquiry on a living wage in Scotland: http://digbig.com/5bfjpj

Finance Committee: 18 January 2012: 2nd Meeting, 2012:
Includes an Item on: Fiscal sustainability: inequalities and socio-economic deprivation: http://digbig.com/5bfjpk

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From WHITE RIBBON SCOTLAND:

Become A White Ribbon Speaker: Free Training:
[Glasgow] 24th February, Scottish Refugee Council, Blythswood St, 9.30-4.30pm
[Edinburgh] 28th February, Scottish Women’s Aid, Rose St, 9.30-4.30pm
[Perth] 29th February, Barrack Street Police Station, 9.30-4.30pm
Join the White Ribbon Scotland Network with our free Training Programme, developing a network of speakers to build capacity and to equip men with the skills to engage other men in working to end violence against women. If you cannot attend any of these dates, or would like to have a training session in your town or city, just let us know: email info@whiteribbonscotland.org.uk http://www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk/

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From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:

Organisations Rally Against Destitution At Our AGM (16/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjsk

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From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND & ARCHWAY GLASGOW:

Conference: The Way Forward: responding to the needs of rape survivors:
[Glasgow] 8th February, 9am – 4.30pm, Radisson Hotel, 301 Argyle street, G2 8DL. Free event, lunch provided. The aim of the conference is to reflect on rape and sexual assault service provision, highlight successes and point the way ahead for the future. The day will provide an opportunity to facilitate a better understanding of what strategies and approaches are most effective in dealing with sexual assault in Scotland and look at development of services. The conference is open to all who work in or are interested in rape and sexual assault services in Scotland. For more information / to book please contact Phone: 0141 211 8175 Email: kathryn.mcgrory@nhs.net

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From SCOTTISH PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH FORUM:

Perinatal Mental Health Conference:
[Glasgow] 23 April: http://digbig.com/5bfjmr

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From RICEFIELD ARTS & CULTURAL CENTRE:

Takeaway China Festival:
http://www.takeawaychina.com

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From UPDATE SCOTLAND:

Welfare Reform Bill: Government Defeated Over ESA Cuts (12/01/12):
The coalition government has suffered three defeats in the House of Lords over planned cuts to employment and support allowance (ESA).
http://www.update.org.uk/news-detail.php?id=206

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From SAMH:

Last Chance To Shape Scotland’s Mental Health:
The consultation on Scotland’s new mental health strategy ends on 31 January 2011. Make sure you have your say: read SAMH’s thoughts on a new strategy and respond to the consultation.
http://digbig.com/5bfjsx

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From SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD:

Two Free Training Events: Tackling Racism And Promoting Race Equality For Youth And Community Workers:
[Glasgow] 9th March and 20th March, 9.30 – 3.45pm, Maryhill Burgh Halls, 10 – 24 Gairbraid Ave, G20 8YE. The training will: raise awareness of issues of racism and the impact on young people; examine how race equality can be promoted through the programmes of work you deliver; empower delegates to challenge racism and respond to racist incidents; equip delegates with knowledge and resources to educate young people against racism.  Free event, lunch will be provided, all delegates get a goody bag of Show Racism the Red Card’s educational resources. For more information or to book your place, contact Ruth McGeoch stating which day you would like to attend Email: support@theredcardscotland.org Tel: 0141 222 2058

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From VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PREVENTION NETWORK SCOTLAND:

Song Writing Competition Success: Dumfries And Galloway’s Domestic Abuse And Violence Against Women Partnership (12/01/12):
Dumfries and Galloway’s Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP) youth song writing competition culminated with an anti-violence against women concert in Dumfries to mark the international day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
http://digbig.com/5bfjrw

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From ABERDEEN COUNCIL OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS (ACVO):

A New Year – New Solutions:
Voluntary and community sector groups in Aberdeen are being invited to input into citywide research. ACVO are keen to hear from social enterprises, from groups which provide support or services to the over 50s, and from groups which are experiencing financial difficulties at present. The ACVO survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FundsResourcesSupportSolutions will establish what new opportunities, resources and support these groups feel they could most benefit from. The new Change Team at ACVO will also be conducting focus groups and interviews, and will be collating the results of their research in February. The research will enable ACVO to form new support networks and to work with NHS Grampian, Aberdeen City Council and other organisations to reshape older people’s services within the city. Their work will particularly focus on encouraging groups which currently depend on external funding to develop a more business-like approach and on providing relevant training.
http://www.acvo.org.uk

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From PROJECT ABILITY:

Artists in Residence 2011:
[Glasgow] 21 Jan – 25 Feb, PA Gallery, Trongate 103. The exhibition marks Project Ability’s Residency Programme 2011, set up in 2010 to support both Project Ability and Scottish based artists by providing time, space and facilities in which to concentrate on artistic development in a supportive and engaging environment. The selected artists were resident for short and intense working periods lasting one month exploring individual practices and integrating within Project Ability’s collaborative community.

Outside In: 2012 Induction Day:
[Glasgow] 26th January, 1.30 – 4pm, Project Ability, 103 Trongate, G1 5HD. Outside In 2012 is a National Open Art competition for people who find it difficult to access the art world, whether due to disability, health, social circumstance or art process. Outside In has changed the landscape of the art world. It has no set creative criteria or boundary in art process or limit on subject for the artists that choose to align themselves with the project. Please RSVP to Project Ability: By Phone: 0141 552 2822 By email: info@project-ability.co.uk Come along for a chance to meet the Outside In team and an artist engaged with the project. We will tell you how you can get involved, how to create an online gallery and all about the Outside In: National in 2012 and the regional exhibitions in 2013. More info: http://www.outsidein.org.uk

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From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:

LGBT History Month: High Tea Launch Party
With high tea, music and historical hijinks you can expect a raffle with indulgent prizes (including 2 seats in the exclusive tweed screening room at the Blythswood private cinema for that afternoon’s showing of Some Like it Hot), camp cupcakes competition and an introduction by Patrick Harvey MSP. So dig out your finary and grab a dashing partner fit to share your high tea with.  High Tea for two people, £28 per couple (20% of proceeds go directly to charity).  For tickets contact amy murphy – amy.murphy@lgbtyouth.org.uk

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From BBC:

Surjit Singh Chhokar’s Family: ‘Give Us Justice’ (17/01/12):
The family of an Asian man who was stabbed to death in North Lanarkshire 13 years ago have called for his killers to be brought to justice.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-16580417

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From YOUTH SCOTLAND:

Connect!: Peer Education Project:
[Glasgow] until 27th February, Mitchell Library. If the young people you work with are 16-24 years of age, why not take part in Connect! Connect! is a chance for young people to shape and deliver The Scottish Parliament’s first ever peer education project. It will give young people the opportunity to tell their peers about the Scottish Parliament and talk about local issues that matter to them. The Scottish Parliament is working closely with the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) to find groups of between 4 and 8 young people in and around Glasgow to be involved, from now until 27th February. Other areas will be visited later in the year. The Scottish Parliament and SYP will support groups to come up with their own, youth led projects and will be on hand to support them with interactive and diverse ways of running a session for other local young people. Young people don’t need to know anything about the Parliament or peer education, as training and help will be provided. Getting involved can lead to change. You can find out more by going along to The Scottish Parliament’s Moving Stories exhibition. The people featured in the exhibition have all made a difference about something they cared about by getting involved with the Scottish Parliament. The Connect! peer-led sessions will be based around the Moving Stories exhibition. Find out more here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/31577.aspx Interested in taking part? Email: frances.paulo@scottish.parliament.uk

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From PINK NEWS (Scotland):

Obituary: Janey Buchan (1926-2012) (18/01/12):
Former MEP, civil rights campaigner and patron of the arts Janey Buchan has died aged 85. Mrs Buchan was a Scottish Labour MEP for Glasgow from 1979 to 1994, when she retired from the post aged 67.
http://digbig.com/5bfjry

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From FORESTRY COMMISSION:

LGBT Environmental Survey:
As part of their ongoing equality strategy the Forestry Commission are keen to connect with LGBT communities and gather their thoughts on how they access the natural world. They are especially interested in what contact (if any), groups have had with Forestry Commission sites and events, what has worked, and what hasn’t, what are the challenges/barriers, what are we doing well; what do we need to get better at doing. This survey should only take 5 minutes of your time, but will be invaluable for us in charting our engagement priorities for the LGBT community in the coming year. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PZGC7FK  If you have further questions, or need more information about the Forestry Commission and our work with LGBT communities please contact Romena Huq, Forestry Commission, Equality and Diversity Manager. Tel: 01698368535, Romena.huq@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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From ENGENDER:

SWGB Respond To Scottish Government Draft Budget (12/01/12):
The Scottish Women’s Budget Group have published a response to the Scottish Governments draft budget 2012-13 and spending review 2011.  The SWGB have welcomed the Government’s prioritisation of preventative spending in areas such as combating gender-based segregation in education, skills and employment opportunities. However, it is concerned that the capital investment programme is overly focussed on big projects which will not provide an even spread of job creation between women and men.
http://digbig.com/5bfjtb

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From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING:

Support Options For Asylum Seekers And Refused Asylum Seekers And The Particular Needs Of Women Asylum Seekers:
[Glasgow] 9th February, 1pm – 4pm, Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent G2 4PS. The Asylum Support Appeals Project, in association with the Refugee Women’s Strategy Group, is providing a free half day training in Glasgow which will cover: An overview of the support system; Overview of women asylum seekers in the UK; Section 4 Support: Who qualifies?; Pregnancy and Section 4 Support; Alternative housing options for women experiencing Domestic Violence; Overview of the right to appeal refusals of support; Presentation by the Refugee Women’s Strategy Group (Berthe Patricia Blanche Zimouini Nganga); Update on the Case Resolution Directorate (aka Legacy). The session is aimed at advisers in the voluntary sector who help asylum seeking and refused asylum seeking women make applications for asylum support. This course assumes some pre-existing knowledge of asylum support. It is not suitable for advisers who are completely new to the sector or who are looking for a general introduction to support options for asylum seekers. To book please email gerry@asaproject.org.uk

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From RUNNYMEDE:

New Report On Race And Criminal Justice (18/01/12):
A renewed focus on tackling ethnic minority poverty and inequality is needed to reduce racial disproportionalities in the criminal justice system, a new report by Runnymede has argued.
http://digbig.com/5bfjtf

MPs Hear Evidence On Race And Sport (18/01/12):
Sol Campbell, Luther Blissett and others involved in the world of sport have told MPs that racism still exists on and off the pitch. The speakers argued their case to the All Party Group on Race and Community, for which Runnymede acts as secretariat. Read a summary of the event: http://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/Raceandsportmeetingnotes.pdf

Call For Submissions:
Cities of Migration showcases good ideas in immigrant integration and promotes innovative practices that create inclusion and urban prosperity. They are currently looking for good practice ideas from municipal leaders and outstanding examples of city leadership on immigrant integration.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/
http://digbig.com/5bfjtg (Call for submissions)

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From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:

Glasgow’s Third Sector Forum Meetings – Come Along and Have Your Say!:
[Glasgow] City-wide 23rd January, North East 31st January, South 2nd February, North West 8th February, all run 10.30am – 1pm. All four meetings will offer the perfect opportunity for third sector organisations in the city to come along and hear about the progress of the Forum to date and, importantly, to let us know what you feel are the key areas and issues we should be addressing.  We are also extremely keen to hear what you think should be the key elements of Glasgow’s Third Sector Manifesto which we are developing in the run up to the local authority elections in May. More info at http://digbig.com/5bfjqy

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From EDINBURGH DEVELOPMENT GROUP:

Dare To Dream – Facilitating MAP And PATH:
[Edinburgh] 22, 23, 29 and 30 March, Ellersley House Hotel. EDG are delighted to offer this exciting and popular 4 day course again in 2012! Person centred planning is widely recognised as a brilliant and empowering way to help people plan for and make positive changes in their lives. MAP and PATH are dynamic, visual and creative planning styles well suited to supporting groups and individuals make important changes. The 2012 course will integrate the most up-to-date learning on MAP and PATH – EDG having hosted Inclusion Press’s Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn in September 2011. We have held the course costs to the original 2008 rate of £360 for the 4 days, inclusive of all refreshments and a training manual to accompany the course. Dare to Dream will be led by Steve Coulson and Linda Keys who share a wealth of experience of training and practicing person centred planning and community building. For more details contact Steve on 0131 476 0522 or email him at steve@edg-sco.org

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From DEAF CONNECTIONS:

Take Positive Steps To Reach Out And Support Deaf BME People: Launch Of A Framework For Action:
[Glasgow] 31st January, 11am – 12.30pm, Deaf Connections, 100 Norfolk St, G5 9EJ.  A Framework for Action is designed to improve the quality of life for deaf BME people in Scotland.  We are seeking to increase understanding of people’s needs and improve the impact of services available to them, their families, carers and communities.
Why we must take action: It is acknowledged that deaf BME people suffer from multiple forms of discrimination and are amongst the most isolated people in society as a result.  New equalities duties are being developed in Scotland arising from the Single Equality Act 2010 and these will take effect in 2012.  A national action plan for human rights policy and practice is also being developed following a comprehensive mapping of human rights issues in Scotland by the Scottish Human Rights Commission in the course of next year. It is vital that the needs of this vulnerable group are not overlooked when people are responding to these developments.
Ensuring that deaf BME people are included: We are determined that the rights of deaf people and particularly those from BME communities are properly considered as these policies are developed and implemented. More importantly, we think that this is a good time to engage with communities and service providers to identify positive action that they are taking in this area, things that they would like to be able to achieve and the barriers which may be stopping them from doing so.
From principles to practice: We will be encouraging service providers, communities and individuals to respond to our ideas and to make concrete proposals for things that can be done to help this extremely isolated group of people. Details of how to do this will be shared at the launch and through further e-mail updates.
Lunch will be provided at the event. For more details or to register please contact Maryam Imran or Tasnim Sharif on Email: Ishara@deafconnections.co.uk Tel:0141 4202819 SMS: 07749211524

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From CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND:

Life Changes: Supporting Transitions:
[Irvine] 20th March, Gailes Hotel. Children in Europe Conference in partnership with North Ayrshire Council. Hear from leading international and UK experts who will consider transitions in early years from home to childcare, and from preschool to school, as well as the many other transitions that children may experience in this key period. The conference will provide an unparalleled opportunity to hear from policy makers and practitioners from around Europe on how to improve transitions …. More info and to book online http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/transitions

 

Coming Of Age: Transitions To Adulthood:
[Irvine] 21st March. Half day morning seminar in partnership with Quarriers. Following on from the Children in Europe conference, this half day seminar will explore key issues around transitions in young adulthood including integrated services, disability, looked after children and transitions to employment. Book online now at http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/quarriers.  Prices from £54.

 

Book a place at both events and receive a 20% discount. Please contact us on 0131 222 2446 for further information.

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From INCLUSION SCOTLAND:

Consultation On Personal Independence Payments (PIP, The Proposed Replacement For DLA):
Please see the most recent consultation from the Department for work and pensions on plans for assessing people for Personal Independence Payments (PIP, the proposed replacement for DLA) at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2011/pip.shtml (and shortly at www.dwp.gov.uk/pip)  You are invited to respond to this as individuals and/or groups.  Please be aware we will also put in an Inclusion Scotland response. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to be included in this: Email pauline@inclusionscotland.org or call Glasgow Office: 0141 221 7589 / Edinburgh Office: 0131 555 6887.  The consultation runs from 16th January to 30th April (15 weeks). We have written to the DWP asking for accessible formats, including a word document version of the attached document and an easy-read version. We will forward these when we have them. Please feel free to write to them yourselves to request one if you need it soon as the more people who ask for them, the quicker they may get round to publishing them – we’d hope – email to pip.assessment@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

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From GLASGOW LIFE:

Gaelic Arts:
[Glasgow] Friday 20 January – Saturday 4 February, CCA. Box Office on 0141 352 4900 Full programme http://www.glasgowlife.org/gaelicarts

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From SOCIAL CARE IDEAS FACTORY:

SCIF Meet Up Networking Event In Edinburgh!:
[Edinburgh] 2nd February, 9.30am – 1pm, The Melting Pot, Rose St. The Social Care Ideas Factory Meet Up is an exciting new concept in Edinburgh for those ambitious about transforming social care. The Meet Up concentrates on exploring important social care ideas, addressing challenges head on by offering opportunities to gain valuable feedback from guest commentators and a critical mass of peers, whilst generating the right people connections that can ultimately help get things done within social care.  For more details go to http://www.socialcareideasfactory.com/calendar/event.php?eventID=47

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From GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL:

Future Glasgow: Draft City Vision For Consultation:
Consultation 16 January to 10 February. Download the Future Glasgow draft vision and complete the consultation survey online: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/YourCouncil/Consultations/ and http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/futureglasgow  Consultation questions can be found at the end of the Future Glasgow full report. You can also complete the online consultation survey at http://www.glasgowcityvision.com  You will find details of the Future Glasgow team at the back of the full report, should you wish to submit a written response. You can also access the reports from the technical inquiries and the public engagement programme at http://www.glasgowcityvision.com If you have any queries about it please don’t hesitate to contact Jane Harrison, Group Manager, Projects, Glasgow City Council, Development and Regeneration Services, 229 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QU Tel: 0141-287-7207 Fax: 0141-287-9977 Mobile: 07780-664426 email: jane.harrison@glasgow.gov.uk
Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan:
GCC carried out an extensive public consultation asking customers of Shawlands Town Centre their views on how it could be improved. Following on from this the Draft Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan is now complete. The document and supporting research is available on the Council Website under Consultations and can be viewed and download here: http://digbig.com/5bfjna You can comment on this by phoning 0141 287 6094/6097 or by Emailing Shawlands@drs.glasgow.gov.uk or by post to: Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council, FREEPOST SC05293 Glasgow G2 1BR. If you would like to chat about the issues of the Town Centre with other Shawlands customers, businesses and residents, you can do so through our partners at Shawlands Business Association or Southside Happenings Facebook. In addition, a drop in event has been organised at Langside Hall from 10am to 7pm on January 23rd to discuss the plan.

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From ACTION ON HEARING LOSS SCOTLAND:

Hear To Inform Seminar:
[Glasgow] 31st January, 10am – 3pm, Centre for Sensory Impaired People, 17 Gullane St, Partick G11 6AH. This free seminar is designed to give deaf/hard of hearing people an opportunity to discuss issues relating to deafness and hearing loss in general and any concerns in particular – with hearing specialists from Audiology, Glasgow City Council Social Work team, Centre for Sensory Impaired People and Action on Hearing Loss staff and volunteers. Communication support will be made available – please tell us requirements when you book.  Refreshments and lunch are also provided, free of charge. Places are very limited and you must book a space. If you wish to attend please let us know by Wednesday 25th January. You can book by contacting Donna McSwiggan on 0141 341 5338 or email donna.mcswiggan@hearingloss.org.uk

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From RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND:

Rape Crisis News:
A pdf of the latest issue of Rape Crisis News is now available. This issue brings together a range of articles which look at the Scottish criminal justice system’s response to rape.
http://digbig.com/5bfjtc

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+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS

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From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:

Commission Funds First Age Discrimination Case Heard At The Supreme Court (17/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjkk

Commission responds to Metropolitan Police plan to reduce the number of random stop and searches (14/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjkj

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From IPPR:

Does Immigration Cause Unemployment? (10/01/12):
Despite publication today of a report which will generate headlines that it does, IPPR’s Matt Cavanagh argues that this is far from a ‘gotcha’ moment in the ongoing immigration debate.
http://digbig.com/5bfjkm

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From HOME OFFICE:

Background Checks For Taxi Drivers (18/01/12):
Enhanced background checks
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/criminal-checks

Have Your Say On Late Night Drinking Venues (17/01/12):
Consultation on new powers to tackle late night drinking problems
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/late-night-consultation

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From ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL:

Planned Actions Improve The Way We Process Information (17/01/12):
Preparing to act in a particular way can improve the way we process information, and this has potential implications for those with learning disabilities.
http://digbig.com/5bfjqp

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From COMMONS SELECT COMMITTEE:

MPs Publish Report On Means Tested Benefits (12/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjqn

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From REFUGEE COUNCIL:

New Study Into Sending Children Home From Europe (19/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjsj

Report Shows Unaccompanied Children, Including Trafficking Victims, Sent Back To France: Our Response (17/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjsh

Refugee Community Organisations Invited To National Conference To Share Successes (12/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjsf

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From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:

Two Deaths In Three Weeks In Spain’s Notorious Detention Centres (18/01/12):
Allegations of institutional neglect surround the deaths of two migrants within weeks of a report calling for the centres’ closure.
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/january/ha000016.html

Where Detention Is The Norm (18/01/12):
A report on the UK Border Agency’s management of foreign national offenders bears little reaction to the press’ coverage.
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/january/ha000014.html

Total Disaster (18/01/12):
Bernard Hogan-Howe’s recent talk on ‘total policing’ at the LSE didn’t go down too well.
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/january/ha000015.html

The International Language Of Football (18/01/12):
http://www.irr.org.uk/2012/january/ha000017.html

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From FAWCETT:

MPs Debate Lack Of Diversity In Parliament (18/01/12):
Report on the House of Commons debate on diversity and parliamentary representation
http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1262

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From TUC:

TUC warns new charges will make tackling discrimination at work even harder Introducing fees to take claims to employment tribunals could have a huge impact on ensuring equality at work, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will warn a conference later today (Friday).

 

Before Christmas the government published its plans for charging users of employment tribunals. Under the proposals an individual will have to pay a minimum of £600 and possibly as much as £1,750 to have a discrimination claim heard at a tribunal.

http://www.tuc.org.uk/equality/tuc-20498-f0.cfm

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From WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE:

Women’s Organisations Generate Incredible Value For Money – WRC Report Reveals (18/01/12):
Women’s organisations ‘generate between £5 and £11 in value’ for every pound spent, new WRC report finds
http://www.wrc.org.uk/news/default.aspx

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From STONEWALL:

Stonewall Appoints New Trustees (13/01/11):
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/6690.asp

Ernst & Young Tops Stonewall’s 2012 List Of Gay-Friendly Employers (11/01/12):
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/6681.asp

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From PINK NEWS:

Spies And Accountants In Stonewall’s New Employer Index (11/02/12):
One of the largest professional services firms in the world, Ernst & Young, has topped Stonewall’s list of the 100 best employers for gay and bi employees. Among 25 new entries for 2012 is MI5, the UK’s counter-intelligence and security agency, ranked 62.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/tLx92cGmhWM/

Potential Parents Invited To UK’s First Gay Adoption Week (12/01/12):
Gay men and women across the UK are being invited to attend an event in the country’s first-ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, from 20 to 26 February.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Pinknews/~3/-jpfNnM6Jgg/

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From DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:

Grant Shapps: Councils Should Help Older People Live At Home For Longer (17/01/12):
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2067493

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From EGOV MONITOR:

Housing Minister Grant Shapps Launches A New Deal For The Elderly (18/01/12):

The Housing Minister Grant Shapps has called on councils to empower the elderly who live at home. He said there would be a “range of opportunities” created by the new plan. http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/45492

Majority Of Europeans Not Worried About Getting Older Or Working Longer According To New Eurobarometer Survey (18/02/12):
A majority of Europeans (53%) believe that there should not be any mandatory retirement age and 1 out of 3 Europeans are willing to work longer themselves, according to the latest euro barometer survey results published last week on the launch of the EU’s year of active and healthy ageing.
http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/45460

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From UK VISA BUREAU NEWS:

British MPs ‘Shocked’ By Relaxed UK Immigration Policies

A report published by the Commons Home Affairs Committee investigating relaxed border control policies has been labelled as ‘damning’ by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister.
http://digbig.com/5bfjrr

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From KINGQUEEN’S POLITICAL MUSING:

The Voice Of Disabled People? (18/01/12):
Amongst the various other things that annoyed me about yesterday’s shameful treatment of disabled people courtesy of the Lords (et tu, Lib Dems?) was a vomit-inducing self-congratulatory homily by Lord Low, who spearheaded this (admittedly influential) report on the withdrawal of mobility allowance for people in residential care.
http://www.kingqueen.org.uk/blog/archives/63

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From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:

Councils And Housing Associations To Test Direct Payments Of Housing Cost Support (19/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjqx

Rise In Unemployment Driven By More People Entering The Labour Market: Redundancy Levels And JSA Claims Stabilising (18/01/12):
New figures published by the Office for National Statistics today show 29.12 million people in work, a rise of 18,000 compared to the previous quarter.
http://digbig.com/5bfjkh

DWP In-House Research Report ‘Attitudes To Age In Britain 2010-11′ (12/01/12):
Research published today by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that age-related discrimination and stereotyping remain rooted in British society. The findings are based on new analysis from the ONS Opinions Survey.
http://digbig.com/5bfjkp

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From RETHINK:

DLA & The Questions That Still Need Answering (18/01/12):
Last night’s DLA debate in the House of Lords – what does it all mean? Here’s the good, the bad and the undecided.
http://digbig.com/5bfjsq

Joint Statement On Welfare Reform (17/01/12):
Today, Rethink Mental Illness signed up to the following joint statement alongside other health charities, calling on the government to pause the Welfare Reform Bill
http://digbig.com/5bfjst

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From MIND:

Deputy Prime Minister Gives Seal Of Approval For Mental Health Campaign (19/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjre

Mind Warns That New Benefit Risks Trapping People With Mental Health Problems At Home (17/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjrd

Tweet To Defeat. New PIP Will Fail People With Mental Health Problems (16/01/12):
We urgently need your help to overturn some very damaging parts of the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill.
http://digbig.com/5bfjrb

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From TAEN:

Survey Reveals Attitudes To Ageing, Work And Retirement Across The EU (16/01/12):
http://taen.org.uk/news/view/1071

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From EMPLOYERS’ FORUM ON DISABILITY:

People With Mental Health Issues ‘More Likely To Be Unemployed’ (17/01/12):
With current reforms in the UK looking to change welfare legislation the government is hoping to encourage many more disabled people to work. However, while many people are unable to work, some disabled workers may face it particularly difficult to find employment.
http://digbig.com/5bfjsn

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From CABINET OFFICE:

Shaping Our Future: Implementation Plan:
In March 2010, the previous government published Shaping Our Future, a joint report by a Task Force comprising ministers from Defra, DECC, DCLG, and the former Office for the Third Sector (now the Office for Civil Society), and civil society groups with a strong interest in sustainable development and climate change.
http://digbig.com/5bfjkd

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:

Persons With Disabilities 1 | Low Cost Airlines 0 (17/01/12):
Last Friday 12 January, a French court of law has found the British low-cost airline Easyjet guilty of discriminating against three disabled passengers in 2008 and 2009.
http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=29061

Launch Of European Year For Active Ageing 2012 (16/01/12):
On the eve of the launch of the European Year on Active Ageing and solidarity between Generations, the EY2012 Coalition presents its joint Manifesto and Road Map and urges all relevant actors at local, national and European level to seize the momentum of the European Year 2012 to commit to creating an age-friendly European Union that will allow everyone to live, learn, work and age with dignity.
http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=29057

EU Leaders Must Protect Discriminated Groups In All Walks Of Life (12/01/12):
The EU has thrown in the towel about protecting discriminated groups, including lesbian, gay and bisexual people, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, youth and older people. A coalition of European equality and anti-discrimination NGOs now calls on the European Commission and the Danish Presidency of the EU to urgently take up this issue
http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=29059

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From EUROPEAN ROMA AND TRAVELLERS FORUM:

Three Steps To Progress For Roma (19/01/12):
Just days into a new year and already it seems there is little prospect of a change to the treatment of Europe’s Roma people.
http://digbig.com/5bfjsd

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From ILGA EUROPE:

Get Your MEP To Be Bothered About Equality And Human Rights! (17/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjsy

ILGA-Europe And Transgender Europe Sent A Joint Letter To The Swedish Prime Minister Concerning Compulsory Sterilisation (16/01/12):
http://digbig.com/5bfjta

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From EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS:

New Report For 25 January 2012: The Racial Equality Directive: Application And Challenges:
The FRA will present its report “The Racial Equality Directive: application and challenges” on 25 January 2012. The Racial Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) is the key piece of EU legislation for combating discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin and for giving effect to the principle of equal treatment.
http://digbig.com/5bfjsm

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From DECADE OF ROMA INCLUSION:

ERPC Calls For Strong Stand Against Anti-Gypsyism (19/01/12):
In a letter to President José Manuel Barroso, the European Roma Policy Coalition has called on the European Commission to take a strong stand on fighting anti-Gypsyism and to address the problem by all political and legal means.
http://www.romadecade.org/erpc_antigypsyism_jan_2012

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From UN WOMEN:

The Gender Dividend: A Business Case For Gender Equality:
http://digbig.com/5bfjtd

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