Equality Updates 17th January 2013
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
FOI Scrutiny Extended (16/01/13):
More organisations across Scotland will be open to scrutiny under Freedom of Information legislation, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
Better Dispute Resolution In Housing: Consultation On The Introduction Of A New Housing Panel For Scotland (16/01/13):
Operation Of The Homeless Persons Legislation In Scotland (15/01/13):
A National Statistics publication for Scotland
Fall In Homelessness (15/01/13):
13% annual decrease due to successful prevention strategies
Responding To Forced Marriage: Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines (14/01/13):
These practice guidelines aim to inform frontline practitioners who are responsible for protecting children and adults from the abuse associated with forced marriage.
Consultation On The Proposed Community Empowerment And Renewal Bill – Non-Confidential Responses (11/01/13):
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION SCOTLAND:
Understanding Discrimination Law In Further And Higher Education:
[Edinburgh] 21 February, 10am – 4pm. Free conference. The Equality Act 2010 places requirements on further and higher education providers in relation to the provision of education and access to benefits, facilities or services. At a time of funding cuts, mergers and uncertainty, we hope that this event and guidance will assist those working in the sector to understand and meet their responsibilities and duties under the act. This conference will focus on the sector’s role in providing education rather than employment. There will be a mixture of presentations from the Commission, input from those working in the sector, discussion and in-depth workshops. We will introduce our Technical Guidance for the sector (http://digbig.com/5bgxts), which provides an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the detail of the law as well as practical examples. This event is for people working in the further or higher education sector in Scotland, particularly those with a role in providing education or services to students. If you are unsure whether this would be relevant to your work, please contact us to discuss. To book: please send an email with your details to firstname.lastname@example.org including any requirements you may have including communication support, access or dietary requirements. Places are limited, and offered on a first come first served basis. We would like to accommodate everyone but if demand is high we may have to limit places per organisation. Please be aware – if you book any less than 14 days before the event every effort will be made but it may not be possible to meet your access requirements. To discuss, or for assistance with booking, contact David Reilly by telephone on 0141 228 5967 or by minicom on 0141 228 5989.
From SCOTTISH COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
The Swedish Women’s Lobby Written Statement for the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (11/01/13):
From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS:
Research Tender: Ethnicity, Recession And Austerity In Glasgow:
CRER is inviting tenders for a research project working with Glasgow residents from a range of Black and minority ethnic backgrounds to explore experiences of poverty and changing incomes, with a particular emphasis on the impact of recession and austerity. The intended outcome of the project is to create a better understanding of the impact of recession and austerity on local minority ethnic communities, including (but not limited to) issues around cuts to public services, employment instability, labour market exclusion, changes in household income and welfare reform. The output will be a qualitative research report detailing the findings. This will be used for awareness raising and campaigning purposes, including in discussions with public sector partners with the aim of informing the processes through which they meet their Public Sector Equality Duties. The project is expected to last for three months, from early February to late April 2013 with the bulk of the work being completed by the end of March. The closing date for applications is 28th January 2013. To receive the full tender invitation document, please request a copy by email to: email@example.com
Equality And Involvement With The Public Sector
[Glasgow] 7th February, 12pm – 5pm (Registration and refreshments from 1pm, 1:30pm start ) Scottish Youth Theatre, Old Sheriff Court, Brunswick St, G1 1TF. This seminar aims to bring together Voluntary and Community Sector organisations which have experience of engaging with the Public Sector to identify some key rights, responsibilities and opportunities for change. Public Sector bodies have a growing need to involve equality organisations and communities. The new Scottish Public Sector Equality Duties have reinforced this, creating opportunities to improve the influence of Voluntary and Community Sector organisations on decision making in the Public Sector. The results of the seminar will be used to develop a report which will inform ongoing work in strengthening the ability of Voluntary / Community and Public Sector organisations to work together to create change. Please direct any bookings or enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rape Crisis: Horrifying Stats Reveal Extent Of Glasgow’s Violent Sex Crimes (14/01/13):
From CAMPAIGN FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN SCOTLAND (CFoIS):
Scottish Parliament Has Key Opportunity To Boost Freedom Of Information (14/01/13):
The CFoIS today urged the Scottish Parliament to back a series of amendments to the Scottish Government’s Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. This Bill is to have its Stage 3 debate in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16 January and a series of amendments are proposed to ensure FOI rights extend to public services provided by private, voluntary and arms-length bodies. The CFoIS wants the Scottish Government to heed the concerns expressed by the Finance Committee’s Stage One report. The Campaign is taking part in a briefing meeting for MSPs on Tuesday 15 January, the day before the Parliamentary debate, and will be circulating a written briefing outlining the need to amend this bill to reinstate eroded rights to information. The meeting will be chaired by Paul Martin MSP, and addressed by Carole Ewart of the CFoIS.
From HIV SCOTLAND:
Positive Persons Community Forum:
[Perth] 23rd February. To enable people living with HIV to come together and share ideas so that they can inform policy. More info at: http://www.hivscotland.com/about-hiv/living-with-hiv/community-forum/
SCVO’s Welfare Reform Survey:
The aim of this survey is to capture the sector’s views, information on who is doing what, intelligence on the effects of this crisis, and ideas on how we can mitigate the impact of welfare reform on people and communities throughout Scotland. Closing date is 31 January 2013.
See also: http://www.scvo.org.uk/policy-campaigning/welfare-reform/
From GLASGOW DISABILITY ALLIANCE:
Youth Forum Event:
[Glasgow] Tuesday 22nd January 9.45am – 3.45pm. Following on from the success of our last Youth Forum event, we are proud to bring you our 2nd Youth Forum….! Come along, meet new people, catch up with old friends and take part in three fantastic workshops and more…..!: Strathclyde Police – Get to know your local Police Officers from the Equalities team. Find out more about dealing with Bullying or Hate Crime and the support you can get via GDA with 3rd Party Reporting; Glasgow Council on Alcohol – Challenge your attitudes, increase your knowledge and improve your skills to make safer choices about alcohol. Have fun with non-alcoholic drinks in our “Mocktail” Bar!; Glasgow 2014 – find out about the Commonwealth Games and the many opportunities to get involved, including how to apply to become a games volunteer. Find out how GDA can help you to apply online too. For disabled people aged 16 – 30 years old. The events are FREE but must be booked in advance. All our events are accessible. Personal assistance and transport is provided if required. Free lunch, snacks and drinks provided. You do not need to be a member of GDA to take part, but you are more than welcome to join for free and get information about more GDA events for disabled people, if you wish. Spaces are limited, so book now to ensure you get a place! Call: 0141 556 7103 Text: 07909 160 788 BBM: 29549C8B Email: email@example.com
[Glasgow] Wednesday 30th January 9.45am – 3.45pm. For disabled people aged 16 – 30 years old. Come along and find out how films are made. Have fun having a go and taking part in some filming for our new DVD! There are 4 parts to the workshop: Learning basic filming skills; Building confidence in front of the camera; Developing your interviewing skills; Writing materials for other people to perform in front of the camera. You will get the chance to choose one, some or all of the activities, so no need to worry if you are a bit camera shy! The events are FREE but must be booked in advance. All our events are accessible. Personal assistance and transport is provided if required. Free lunch, snacks and drinks provided. You do not need to be a member of GDA to take part, but you are more than welcome to join for free and get information about more GDA events for disabled people, if you wish. Spaces are limited, so book now to ensure you get a place! Call: 0141 556 7103 Text: 07909 160 788 BBM: 29549C8B Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From GLASGOW 2014:
Volunteering: Glasgow 2014 – Your City, Your Games, Your Opportunity To Be Involved!:
[Glasgow] Closing date for applications is 28th February. Want to find out more, learn what support is available and get help with your application to be a volunteer? Come along to one of the following:
Tuesday 29th January: Emirates Arena: 1pm – 4pm
Thursday 31st January: Scotstoun Stadium: 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 6th February: Palace of Arts: 1pm – 4pm
To register your interest, please email Council2014Team@glasgow.gov.uk with details of your preferred event, name and contact details.
We want everyone in Glasgow to take part in the Games, and one great way to do so is to volunteer. Everyone has skills to offer that can be used to deliver this amazing event for the city, and skills developed in 2014 will lead to great things beyond for the city and those involved. If you need other support, simply go to any Glasgow library or the 2014 Volunteer Centre at 38 Albion Street where there will be someone on hand to offer help and support with your application. http://www.gameslegacyglasgow.com
From SCOTTISH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE:
Empowered Communities – Active Citizens Workshops:
[Glasgow] 7th February, 1pm – 4.30pm
[Edinburgh] 14th February, 1pm – 4.30pm
[Dundee] 28th February, 1pm – 4.30pm
As part of a pan European programme working to address the exclusion of marginalised communities through increased democratic participation, the Scottish Community Development Centre and other partners in Scotland are holding three national workshops (culminating in a future trans-national workshop) with practitioners, community activists and policy makers to engage them in dialogue on current community development practice and how this can be developed and strengthened to enable us to collectively meet the challenges ahead. Please visit http://digbig.com/5bgxtw for more information and to sign up.
From NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE:
Impact Of Current Welfare Reforms On NHSGGC:
Current changes to the welfare benefits system are the biggest for 60 years and will have a profound impact on people in Scotland and NHSGGC. The implementation of the UK Government’s welfare reform programme comes at the same time as the UK economy is experiencing low economic growth, rising unemployment and increasing levels of personal debt. The combination is likely to widen the health inequality gap, increase poverty and have a negative impact on the local economy.
Read on, and access more info on what NHSGGC are doing to mitigate the impact on patients at http://equalitiesinhealth.org/WelfareReform.html
From SPIRIT OF REVOLT:
SOR Presents: Radical Presses Clydeside:
[Glasgow] 14 – 19 January, 10am – 8pm, The Mitchell Library, North St, G3 7DA. The SOR collective invite you to an exhibition presenting one hundred years of protest literature, photography and recordings. Entry is free so please come down and see what the SOR radical archive has been doing here in Glasgow, and hear a bit about where it hopes to go in the future:
From TRANSFORMATION TEAM:
Welfare Reform Training:
[Glasgow] 22nd February, 10am – 4pm, Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church. The Welfare Reform Act 2012 radically redesigns the system of welfare reform from April 2013. The main reforms include capping benefits and changes to Disability Living Allowance. In the medium to longer term a new Universal Credit will be introduced for people of working age to replace the current system of benefits. The Act is the biggest change to the benefits system in modern times and will have a detrimental impact on the communities we support. To learn more about the cuts, when they will be introduced and the financial impact on local people, we are hosting a training day to be delivered by Child Poverty Action Group. The morning session will focus on changes to welfare benefits and the afternoon session will look at identifying ways of supporting people and communities to cope with and respond to the cuts. Places on the training are limited and lunch will be provided. To register for the event email: email@example.com and state if you have any special dietary requirements
From PINK NEWS:
Scottish Trans Equality Charity Warns Of ‘Rising Transphobia’ In The UK Media (14/01/13):
Positive On Employment Conference:
[Glasgow] 26th February, 10am – 4pm, Senate Room, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, G12 8QQ. A free partnership conference between BEMIS, STUC, the Scottish Refugee Council, ‘see me’, Interfaith Scotland, and GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network), covering crucial thematic topics in relation to: positive action on employment in relation to diversity; internships for graduates; migrants and employment; religion and faith in relation to employment; mental health and wellbeing; and inclusive recruitment. Keynote speakers include Ms Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Youth Employment, and Mr Martin Sime, Chief Executive of SCVO, in addition to other speakers and a number of workshops on the conference’s various themes. A full programme will be available later in January. If you would like to register your interest in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact BEMIS on 0141 548 8047, and give your name, organisation, contact information and any dietary or access requirements.
From EDINBURGH WOMEN’S RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE CENTRE:
Working With The Impacts Of Trauma From Sexual Violence:
[Edinburgh] 22 January, 9.30am – 3.30pm. For further information please contact us on 0131 556 9437. Course fee: £60 per participant (includes lunch). Please note we are able to offer our training fee at this price thanks to funding from the Big Lottery. Limited reduced cost places are available to organisations with limited funds. To book: http://ewrasac.wufoo.com/forms/ewrasac-training-booking-form/
Sexual exploitation of children and young people
[Edinburgh] 28 January, 10am – 4pm. For further information please contact us on 0131 556 9437. Course fee: £60 per participant (includes lunch). Please note we are able to offer our training fee at this price thanks to funding from the Big Lottery. Limited reduced cost places are available to organisations with limited funds. To book: http://ewrasac.wufoo.com/forms/ewrasac-training-booking-form/
From LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND:
Marco Biagi MSP Hosts Parliamentary Reception On Young People And Education (16/01/13):
On Thursday 7th February 2013 Marco Biagi MSP and LGBT Youth Scotland are hosting a Parliamentary Reception on the topic of ‘LGBT young people and Education: Past, Present and Future’.
Campaigners Say Thousands Of Disabled People Could Lose Out Under New Mobility Assessment Proposals (15/01/13):
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT:
Equality and Human Rights Commission appointments (14/01/13):
New board and budget mark a new era. A new board for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been announced today by the Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller. At the same time, Mrs Miller has announced the Commission’s indicative budget for the next two years.
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Commission Publishes Guidance On The Public Sector Equality Duty (15/01/13):
Commission Welcomes European Court Of Human Rights Ruling On Religious Discrimination Cases (15/01/13):
[Glasgow] Discrimination Law Conference, 21st January. This above decision will be discussed at our forthcoming Conference, which is aimed at those providing advice to others on behalf of an organisation. Speakers include Michael Rubenstein, Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, Helen Mountfield QC, Brian Napier QC, Lynn Welsh and others. Read more here: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/scotland/events-in-scotland/
Pre-Employment Health Questions:
New guidance published
Accenture Tops Stonewall’s 2013 List Of Gay-Friendly Employers (16/01/13):
Stonewall Response To The Ladele/McFarlane European Court Ruling (15/01/13):
From ABORTION RIGHTS:
‘Conscientious Objection’ Nurses Launch Appeal (10/01/13):
Two Catholic nurses are appealing a court decision which found that they were in breach of their contract terms when they refused to “delegate, supervise or support staff looking after women undergoing terminations”.
Parliamentary Abortion Hearings Take Place In Dublin (14/0/13):
A committee of the Republic of Ireland’s parliament, the Oireachtas, has held a series of hearings on the subject of abortion – specifically, investigating how the X case should be legislated.
From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM:
Report On ‘Using Human Rights And Equality To Analyse And Challenge The Public Spending Cuts’:
Shock At 84% Rise In Sexually Exploited Children Reporting Having Been Trafficked (13/01/13):
The UK’s largest children’s charity is calling on the Department for Education and the Home Office to do more to protect young people from being internally trafficked for sex. The number of sexually exploited children known to Barnardo’s rose by 22 per cent to 1,452 in the UK last year and 37 per cent during the past three years
From HOME OFFICE:
New Action On Female Genital Mutilation (11/01/13):
From DISABILITY NOW:
PIP Is Not Welfare Reform (16/01/13):
As with many things in life, how long ago it seems and yet how quickly it’s come around.
Personal Budgets: A Flawed Approach (15/01/13):
New research has found that contrary to popular belief, the system of self-directed support to bring about personalisation is costly and is failing to meet the needs of disabled people.
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
More Threats To Legal Rights Of Unwanted Migrants (10/01/13):
A number of coalition measures will have potentially disastrous consequences for migrants and asylum seekers.
From WE ARE SPARTACUS:
Thousands Of Disabled And Sick People Will Be Hit By New ESA/WCA Changes (17/01/13):
From BENEFIT SCROUNGING SCUM:
New Report From We Are Spartacus – Emergency Stop #pipemergency (14/01/13):
On the day we publish Emergency Stop, a new report analysing the economic and social impact of the Personal Independence Payment regulations, we call on the Government to ‘go back to the drawing board’ on proposals to replace disability living allowance (DLA), after it buried last-minute changes to criteria which will see thousands more disabled people with mobility difficulties lose out than expected.
From OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB:
Religious Rights In The Balance: Eweida And Others V UK (16/01/13):
Yesterday’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Eweida and Others v the UK has been described as something of a ‘mixed bag’.
From POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION:
14 Million At Risk Of Poverty And Social Exclusion (17/01/13):
14 million people in the UK were at risk of poverty and social exclusion in 2011, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics.
Bill To Encourage ‘Responsible’ Spending By Claimants (16/01/13):
Legislation is being proposed that would force claimants to use benefit money for ‘responsible’ spending only.
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
All In It Together – Widening The Choices For Our Old Age (16/01/13):
It is not being older that is a problem, but being older in our current society; and we can work together now collectively to start to change this.
Pension Reform Means We Must Claim All Benefits For A Minimum Income Retirement (15/01/13):
Preparing To Grow Old Together (15/01/13):
How can housing co-operatives best support their older residents?
Assessing current and future housing and support options for older LGB people (15/01/13):
From NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION (NPC):
Pension White Paper Offers Nothing For Existing Pensioners And “Cons” Future Generations (13/01/13):
..NPC has described the White Paper on pensions as little more than a “con trick” for future generations, by offering them less than they get now, asking them to pay more and work longer before they can get it back
Guardian Columnist Suzanne Moore Attacks Pinknews #Trans (17/01/13):
Majority Of MPs Indicate That They Will Vote For Same-Sex Marriage In England And Wales (16/01/13):
A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
David Cameron Given Warning That Church Ban On Equal Marriage ‘Legally Challenge-Able’ (16/01/13):
Hate Crime Charity Criticises Julie Burchill For Writing ‘Transphobic Hatred’ (15/01/13):
Lynne Featherstone: Sack Julie Burchill And Observer Editor For ‘Disgusting’ Transphobic Rant (14/01/13):
Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the editor of the Observer and columnist Julie Burchill to be sacked over a transphobic article.
From THE VOID:
Lord Fraud Announces Atos For Everyone! (17/01/13):
Bungling Minister for Welfare Reform, the aptly named Lord Fraud, has today announced that Atos style assessments are to be introduced into the workplace.
From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:
New Support To Tackle Long-Term Sickness Absence (17/01/13):
British businesses will be helped to tackle long-term sickness absence in the workplace thanks to a new independent assessment and advisory service aimed at getting people back to work and away from long-term sickness benefits, the Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud announced today.
Women, Low Earners And Self-Employed To Benefit Under New “Single Tier” Pension (14/01/13):
New Year – New Start Up Support For Disabled Entrepreneurs (14/01/13):
From DAILY RECORD:
Thousands To Lose Disability Benefit After Government Makes Eleventh Hour Changes To Fitness Test Boundaries (15/01/13):
The Government sneaked through a last minute change and toughened up walking criteria.
From EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
Freedom of Religion: Chamber Judgment Eweida And Others V. The United Kingdom (15/01/13):
In the case of Eweida and Others v. United Kingdom, the Court stressed that freedom of religion encompassed the freedom to manifest one’s religion, including in the workplace, but that a person’s religious practice could be restricted where it encroached on the rights of others.
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ICJ, ILGA-Europe and FIDH welcome European Court judgment against sexual orientation discrimination (15/01/13):
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