Equality Updates 7th December 2012
+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events
Disability History Month Scotland: 22nd November – 22nd December
16 Days of Action To End Violence Against Women: 25th November – 10th December: http://www.16days.org/what%27s-on.aspx
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
National Confidential Forum – A Consultation On The Creation Of A Forum For Adult Survivors Of Childhood Abuse In Residential Care – Consultation Responses (07/12/12):
Analysis Of Responses To The Children And Young People Bill Consultation (04/12/12):
Police Investigations And Review Commissioner – Proposals For Regulations Relating To Investigations (03/12/12):
The consultation paper describes proposals for regulations relating to investigations in order for the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner(PIRC)to become operational on 1 April 2013.
From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:
Equal Opportunities Committee: 6 December 2012: 24th Meeting 2012:
The Committee will take oral evidence in relation to its Where Gypsy/Travellers Live inquiry from Professor Kay Hampton, Commissioner, and Duncan Wilson, Head of Strategy and Legal, Scottish Human Rights Commission; Chris Oswald, Head of Policy & Communications, Equality & Human Rights Commission; Siobhan Reardon, Acting Programme Director, Amnesty International
Autumn Statement: The Impact On Welfare And Disabled People
New Sanctions Regime For ESA Claimants Who Fail To Carry Out Agreed Work-Related Activity (04/12/12):
Revealed: rule changes that will force the sick to work for free. Tens of thousands of sick and disabled people in Scotland face being forced on to unpaid work programmes under threat of losing their benefits from tomorrow.
DWP Reports Suggest Work Programme Has Failed Disabled People (30/12/12):
Major questions have been raised over the government’s plans to support disabled people into work, after two long-awaited reports showed only about 1,000 claimants of disability benefits found work through the scheme in its first year.
Women And Constitutional Futures: Gender Equality Matters In A New Scotland:
[Glasgow] 17th/18th January. Seminar 2: The Economy and Constitutional Futures: Gender Equality Matters in a New Scotland
[Edinburgh] 14th/15th February. Seminar 3: Women & Constitutional Futures: Gender Equality Matters In A New Scotland
Why should women care about constitutional debates? Where are women’s voices and gender equality issues in the current discussions? What do different constitutional options mean for women’s lives and the likely progress towards a more gender equal society? What sort of Scotland do women want? Join the debate! Scottish academics together with the STUC, Engender, Nordic Horizons and WiSE, present a series of events aimed at bringing women’s voices into the current debates on constitutional reform. Read more at http://digbig.com/5bgthf
From MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS SCOTLAND:
It’s Our Day: Dec 18 International Migrants Day!:
[Edinburgh] 6pm – 8pm. Following our 1st event to celebrate International Migrants Day last December 14, Migrants’ Rights Scotland is joining the UK campaign to promote OUR DAY (http://www.our-day.org) and to recognize IMD this year at the Scottish Parliament. We will bring together representatives of minority civil society groups, migrants and their families and MSPs to share deeper understanding of who counts as a migrant and the issues facing real people as a result of immigration policy.
From SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:
Scottish FA Football Equity Team:
The Scottish Football Association is committed to ensuring that football in Scotland is open to all and that barriers, real and perceived, are removed, particularly in relation to under-represented groups. Although it is integrated into everything we do as an association, thanks to the Scottish Governments Cashback for Communities fund we have been able to develop a bespoke project with dedicated professionals employed by ourselves whose aim is to work within diverse communities and achieve the aims set out in our strategic plan.
Read on at http://enf.org.uk/blog/?p=4022
From HIV SCOTLAND:
Seeing Red? Light Up Scotland for World AIDS Day 2012 (30/11/12):
From AGE SCOTLAND:
Charity Hails New Legislation On Self-Care Packages (03/12/12):
Age Scotland has welcomed the new legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament that allows people to choose who provides their social care and how it is delivered.
From HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY:
Welfare Cuts Threaten Progress On Tackling Homelessness In Scotland, Says Research (05/12/12):
A major independent study led by Heriot-Watt University and published by homelessness charity Crisis says that UK government welfare cuts may lead to increased homelessness in Scotland.
From GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL:
Festive Revellers Urged To Get Home Safely (06/12/12):
Office party goers and those enjoying festive celebrations are being urged to use Glasgow’s Nite Zones to get home safely in the lead up to Christmas. Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS) operates five Nite Zones across the city, which provide added security for late night passengers through access to well managed taxi ranks. With numbers of people enjoying Glasgow’s night time scene expected to soar as Christmas draws closer, GCSS are enhancing their effort to ensure they can meet demand.
From THE HERALD:
Child Exploitation Study Is A Mission Impossible (04/12/12):
A Government research tender is an insult to vulnerable youngsters, says Sarah Nelson. How reassuring that we can discover everything about the sexual exploitation of young people in the Scottish care system within three months – and all for only £10,000.
From PINK NEWS (Scotland):
Scotland: Low School Bullying Figures Give Misleading Impression Say LGBT Campaigners (06/12/12):
Scotland: Teenage Killer Of Gay Barman Stuart Walker Jailed For 12 Years (06/12/12):
A teenager who admitted killing Stuart Walker after the gay barman tried to comfort him over his confused sexuality has been jailed for 12 years.
Kerb Crawlers Warned They Could Face Driving Ban (06/12/12):
Kerb crawlers trying to pick up prostitutes have been warned they could be disqualified from driving, in addition to any other sentence.
From SOCIAL CARE IDEAS FACTORY:
Glasgow Learning Disability Day Service Reform:
[Glasgow] 13th December, 11am -1pm, Venue TBC. …This dialogue session will hear from Glasgow City Council assistant director of social care services, David Williams and GCC strategic head of adult services, Stephen Fitzpatrick, who will set the scene about the future of day services in Glasgow, the proposed time line and the current consultation aspirations. The purpose of the session is to hear views, comments and ideas from all those with an interest in the current and future possibilities for the 320 people who will be looking for alternatives based on their needs. If you are interested in attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
From GLASGOW CENTRE FOR POPULATION HEALTH:
Seminar Series 9: Lecture 3: Public Health: Exploring Complex Inter-Connected Problems, And Creating Complex Inter-Connected Solutions
[Glasgow] 23rd January, 4.30pm – 6pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St. G2 3JD. Dr Joe Ravetz, Co-Director, Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology, School of Environment & Development, Manchester University.
From THIRD FORCE NEWS:
More Work Needed On Religious Hate Crime (29/11/12):
Scotland’s leading anti-sectarianism charity has renewed its call for a nationwide rehabilitation scheme for anyone convicted of sectarian offences.
Lack Of Accessible Cabs Leaving Disabled People Stranded (29/11/12):
From QUEENS CROSS HOUSING ASSOCIATION:
Consultation: Draft Equality And Diversity Strategy 2013 – 2106:
Equality and Diversity is a core value of Queens Cross Housing Association and as part of our commitment to fairness and to challenging intolerance and discrimination, the Association are currently developing a Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan for 2013 -2016. We would like to take the opportunity to consult further with our customers and key stakeholders and to take their views into account in the development of a final Equality and Diversity Strategy which is anticipated to go to our Board on January 31st 2013 for consideration and final approval. The comments and feedback of customers and stakeholders are very important to us and a consultation on the draft strategy along with a short survey of consultation questions can be accessed at http://www.qcha.org.uk/about from Monday 3rd December. The consultation period will run for a five week period until Friday 4th January. Alternatively you can email any comments you may have in regard to the strategy and consultation directly to DPhee@qcha.org.uk, by post to Des Phee, Queens Cross Housing Association, 45 Firhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7BE, or by calling into our main office at 45 Firhill Road. A copy of the draft Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan can also be mailed on request.
From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:
Give A Damn About Glasgow Women’s Library (03/12/12):
From WOODLANDS COMMUNITY GARDEN:
Woodlands Garden Festive Events & Nightshelter Appeal:
From CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON FAMILIES AND RELATIONSHIPS:
Savile: A Panic For Our Times? (04/12/12):
CRFR publishes this guest post from Mark Smith, Viv Cree and Gary Clapton on the first seminar in the ‘Moral Panics’ series
From CAMPAIGN FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN SCOTLAND:
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act: Scottish Information Commissioner Decisions:
[Glasgow] 26th February. Half-day training course. The course is aimed at FOI practitioners and those with a good working knowledge of the legislation. It highlights the latest developments in the way the exemptions, public interest test and the legislation’s procedural requirements are being interpreted. The course is presented by the Campaign’s director, Maurice Frankel, who has worked in the field for 27 years. It will cover the most significant decisions issued since our last course in March 2012.
From NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE: CORPORATE INEQUALITIES TEAM:
Developing An Inequalities Sensitive Health Service – Where Are We After 5 Years?:
Help us ensure that we have a correct picture of where we are in terms of addressing inequalities and that the next steps we take are the right ones. To complete our short survey go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2Y569WC
From VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PREVENTION SCOTLAND:
Take Action Now – Consultation On Prostitution Laws Closing Soon (06/12/12):
There is now just over one week until Rhoda Grant MSP’s consultation on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill closes. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 14th December.
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Commission Assesses Public Authorities On Published Equality Information (05/12/12):
The EHRC has published a new report today on how public authorities in England have met their transparency obligations on equality.
Disabled People To Benefit From Agreement Between The Commission And Poundland (03/12/12):
The Commission has entered into a formal agreement with Poundland Ltd to improve awareness of the needs of disabled staff and customers in its stores.
From DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT:
£10.2m Boost For Disability Sport (03/12/12):
Legacy fund aims to continue momentum from Paralympic Games.
From NETWORK FOR MENTAL HEALTH:
Three New Opportunities For DPULOs As Part Of The Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation Programme:
Read the invitation below. We are seeking Expressions of interest for 3 new areas of work the Strengthening DPULOs Programme is doing, on the following topics: DPULOs, peer support and Access to Work (call for projects); DPULOs, social media and accessible engagement (to write a discussion paper); DPULOs and fundraising (to write a discussion and options paper). You can submit Expressions of Interest for one, two or all three of the pieces of work. The deadline for submitting your Expression of Interest for each piece of work is 5pm on Friday 14 December. If you have questions on any of these pieces of work, please feel email RICHARD.WATTS1@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK.
In Response To The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement (05/12/12):
Yet again it is children from impoverished families who are unfairly suffering most under the government’s austerity measures.
Stop Housing Benefits Cuts (30/11/12):
Barnardo’s are campaigning to stop government axing housing benefits for under 25s – join us.
Fawcett’s response to the Autumn Statement 2012 (06/12/12):
Women will continue to act as shock absorbers for the cuts.
From DISABILITY BENEFITS CONSORTIUM:
Hardest Hit Coalition Issues Warning Over Impacts Of Autumn Statement On Disabled People (05/12/12):
Chancellor Cuts Employment And Support Allowance (ESA) Rates (06/12/12):
RNIB response to the Government’s Autumn Statement
Sight Loss Charity Offers Information About The Most Common Eye Conditions In Five Languages (30/12/12):
From OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG:
Unkind Cuts: UK Refugee Lawyers Cite Grave Concerns Over Impending Legal Aid Restrictions (29/11/12):
When Did We Forget? International Day Of Persons With Disabilities (03/12/12):
On International Day Of Disabled People We Should Be Looking Forward, Not Back (03/12/12):
On Disability Rights, The Uk Was The Future Once (03/12/12):
From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM:
‘Turning 18′ – Audiobooks Written And Read By Refugees (07/12/12):
‘Turning 18’ is a series of audio stories put together to mark 18 years of The Refugee Council’s Children’s Section. The stories in this collection are written and read by refugees inspired by the theme ‘turning 18’, with introductions by Zoë Wanamaker, Vivienne Westwood, Grayson Perry, and Peter Tatchell.
From ADULT CARE BLOG:
‘Housing Crisis Will Turn Back The Clock For People With A Learning Disability’ (05/12/12):
Councils are struggling to support people with a learning disability to live independently, argues Beatrice Barleon, senior policy and campaigns officer at learning disability charity Mencap
From HOME OFFICE:
Tough New Action On Stalking And Domestic And Sexual Violence (30/11/12):
New laws that will give extra protection to victims of stalking have come into force on the UN international day for the elimination of violence against women.
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Autumn Statement: Austerity Means Even The Strivers Will Struggle (06/12/12):
The Autumn Statement: #Ukausterity Set To Outstay Its Welcome (05/12/12):
Snipping Safety Net Risks Decade Of Destitution For People In Poverty, Says JRF (05/12/12):
Improving Decision-Making In The Care And Support Of Older People (05/12/12):
Risk, Trust And Relationships In An Ageing Society (05/12/12):
Rising Homelessness Risk For Families Facing Benefits Cap (04/12/12):
These Myths About Poverty Prevent Progress (30/11/12):
We need an evidence-based anti-poverty strategy rather than arguments over Tax Credits or Universal Credit, argues Chris Goulden.
From BRITISH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
Make Rights Happen (07/12/12):
On the eve of global human rights day (10 December) the British Institute of Human Rights launches Making Human Rights Happen, an inspiring new resource to help people put human rights into action in our communities.
From DISABILITY NOW:
Alternative Autumn Statement (03/12/12):
As he attempts to negotiate a settlement with his coalition partners and find the right soundbite and optimistic message to describe the current state of the economy, George Osborne is also reportedly seeking up to £10 billion of further savings from the welfare budget.
Mind Winners On Mental Health (04/12/12):
Autumn Statement Will Have Disproportionate Impact On Those With Mental Health Problems (06/12/12):
Mind Welcomes Greater Choice And Flexibility That Personal Health Budgets Could Bring (04/12/12):
Mind supports the principles behind personal health budgets of greater choice and more emphasis on shared decision-making.
From DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:
NHS And Department Of Health Update On Savile Investigations (06/12/12):
The Department of Health and NHS are publishing terms of reference for the investigations into the abuse by Jimmy Savile it was announced today.
New Protections If Care Providers Fail (01/12/12):
New measures to protect people who rely on care services in the event of a provider failure like Southern Cross have been set out by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today.
From DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS:
People On Sickness Benefits To Be Offered Work Experience To Help Them Back Into A Job (30/11/12):
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Which Way Forward On Racial Profiling? (06/12/12):
A review of the major development in initiatives against racial profiling in European policing.
From INCLUSION LONDON:
A War Against Disabled People, December 2012:
Audio visual summary of Chris Edwards report ‘The Austerity War and the impoverishment of disabled people’.
From WATER AID:
1 In 3 Women Worldwide Risk Shame, Disease, Harassment And Even Attack Because They Have Nowhere Safe To Go To The Toilet:
From EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY:
SOS – Save The Daphne Programme! Write To Your MEP To Ensure Funding For Projects Combating Violence!:
200 Civil Society Organisations Launch European Debate On The Abolition Of Prostitution (Brussels, 04/12/12):
Today, the EWL, together with Fondation Scelles and Mouvement du Nid France, held a conference in the European Parliament aiming at assessing 10 years of policies on prostitution in Sweden and the Netherlands. On this occasion, around 200 women’s rights NGOs, coming from 25 Member States and four other countries, unveiled their Brussels’ Call “Together for a Europe free from prostitution”.
New FRA Report On Access To Justice In Cases Of Discrimination In The EU (06/12/12):
The Fundamental Rights Agency launches a report looking at some of the practical barriers that people who have been discriminated against face when accessing justice.
Equinet Report From The 2012 Equality Summit (03/12/12):
This year’s topic “Equality for Growth” was an attempt to reflect the dramatic impact that the cuts in public finances have had on the most vulnerable groups in society. Therefore the Summit focused on providing evidence for the fact that accessibility and equality policies contribute to economic growth, economic development and prosperity.
From EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S INTERGROUP ON LGBT RIGHTS:
European Commission: Ukraine’s Anti-Gay Law Obstacle To Visa-Free Travel (07/12/12):
The European Commission has now said that Ukraine’s proposed anti-gay law would jeopardise prospects of visa liberalisation with the European Union.
From ILGA EUROPE:
Getting To Zero: ILGA-Europe Statement On The Occasion Of The World AIDS Day (30/11/12):
1 December is World AIDS Day. The theme of the Day is Getting to Zero: zero HIV infections, zero AIDS related deaths, zero barriers in accessing treatment and services, zero discrimination and zero prejudice towards people living with HIV.
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:
EDF & Microsoft Team Up To Enhance Accessibility Of The Web For Persons With Disabilities (06/12/12):
Commission Takes A Step Towards Web Accessibility For Persons With Disabilities (03/12/12):
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