Equality Updates 1st February 2013
+ Scottish News and Events
+ UK News and Events
+ International News and Events
February is LGBT History Month
Events across Scotland: http://www.lgbthistory.org.uk/
+ SCOTTISH NEWS AND EVENTS
From SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT:
Action On Child Sexual Exploitation (30/01/13):
New package of action to tackle abuse
Responses To The Integration Of Adult Health And Social Care In Scotland Consultation (30/01/13):
Enhancing Child Protection (27/01/13):
Commitments delivered on improved advice and support.
Early Years Collaborative (24/01/13):
Improvement programme to transform early years.
Making Justice Work For Victims And Witnesses (23/01/13):
Analysis of Consultation Responses on Victims and Witnesses Bill
Tackling Fuel Poverty (223/01/13):
Six key demands to aid Scottish Government action
Unemployment In Scotland (23/01/13):
Largest annual drop in youth unemployment rate since 2006.
Benefits Advice Groups Share £5.4 Million (21/01/13):
Ministers direct support to agencies helping people facing UK benefit cuts.
EQIA Summary – Council Tax Reduction Scheme In Scotland: 2013/14 (18/01/13):
Equality Impact Assessment summary for the Council Tax Reduction scheme in Scotland 2013/14
From SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT:
Gypsy/Traveller Site Near Aberdeen To Host Parliamentary Meeting (31/01/13):
Clinterty Gypsy/Traveller’s site near Aberdeen will host a meeting of the Equal Opportunities Committee on 4 February as part of its inquiry into Where Gypsy/Travellers Live.
SPICe Briefing: SB 13-03 Teenage Pregnancy:
Welfare Reform Committee: 22 January 2013: 2nd Meeting, 2013:
Advice agencies, Work Capability Assessment and Personal Independence Payment Assessment
Equal Opportunities Committee: 24 January 2013: 3rd Meeting, 2013:
Where Gypsy/Travellers live, European Commission Work Programme 2013
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Human Rights Challenge To Glasgow Evictions (31/01/13):
As evictions from privatised asylum housing continue, important new legal challenges are being mounted in the courts.
From GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL:
How To Petition Us On Council Policies:
We have introduced a public petitions process to provide a way for everyone who lives, works, has a business or studies in Glasgow to have a role in the development of council policies. Petitions should refer to services provided by this council or issues where the council has an involvement. Information on ways to petition the council is on our website at http://www.glasgow.gov.uk. The purpose of the petition should be clearly explained along with the result the petitioner expects to achieve. If you want to petition the council you should read the guidance carefully before sending in your petition as there are restrictions on the issues the council will consider. You can download a petitions form from our website at http://www.glasgow.gov.uk or phoning 0141 287 3926 for a paper copy or write to.
From VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PREVENTION
Scottish Government’s Forced Marriage Campaign: Website And Helpline Launched (24/01/13):
… a new website has been launched and a specialist helpline made available to ensure more information is out there for people worried about forced marriage and to direct victims to the right support. Being emotionally or physically forced to marry is not only wrong but it is illegal. A campaign to raise awareness of forced marriage and help those at risk is currently running across Scotland. For information and advice visit http://www.yourrightscotland.org or call the free 24-hour helpline on 0800 027 1234.
From SCOTTISH COUNCIL FOR SINGLE HOMELESS:
Youth Homelessness Survey 2013:
This survey is designed to take an overview of youth homelessness in Scotland, looking at profile, causes, needs, rough sleeping, accommodation, moving on, prevention and welfare reform. We anticipate that the survey will take 30 minutes or more to complete and we would appreciate as much detail as possible. Equally, if you have case studies or other data/examples please contact Nick Harleigh-Bell (Nick@scsh.org.uk).
Proclamations Against Vagrants And Vagabonds? Opinion By Mike Dailly, Govan Law Centre:
The recent proposal by an Aberdeen City Council convenor to use local by-laws to ban and criminalise begging has generated a storm of debate in Scotland.
From POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION:
Benefits Cuts In Scotland ‘A Toxic Mix’ (18/01/13):
The UK government’s programme of benefits cuts is a ‘toxic mix’ that will cause a substantial increase in poverty in Scotland, according to a new report. As well as looking at the impact of the cuts, the report attempts to identify ways in which the worst effects can be lessened.
From NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE:
NHSGGC’s Stand Against Homophobia Campaign is now on Twitter!:
Follow us and retweet @nhsggctakestand or #nhsggchomophobia
From THIRD SECTOR FORUM:
Single Outcome Agreements, Community Planning Partnerships and You:
[Glasgow] 12th February, 1.30pm – 4pm, The Albany, 44 Ashley St, G3 6DS. Single Outcome Agreements will set the key priorities for Glasgow City Council for the coming years. Consequently, SOAs will determine in part where resources, including funding, is focussed. It is therefore vital that third sector organisations have their say. Our speakers are Bailie Aileen Colleran, Executive Member for Communities and Chair of the Community Planning Partnership strategic board, and Tressa Burke, Chief Executive of Glasgow Disability Alliance and member of the Third Sector Forum executive committee. The event will include a question and answer session and discussions focussing on the ‘vulnerable people’ strand of Glasgow’s SOA. The event will also include an update on the proposed new structure of the Community Planning Partnership. To book email Joy, Third Sector Forum Coordinator: email@example.com. Please state your name, organisation and any access needs. Places will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
From CLOSE THE GAP:
Shifting The Balance? Exploring The Trade Union Responses To Occupational Segregation:
[Glasgow] 19th February, 11am – 1pm. This free event will launch a Close the Gap paper which explores trade union responses to tackling gendered occupational segregation.
New Flat-Rate Pension Will Have Mixed Effect On Women (16/01/13):
From SCOTTISH COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
Human Trafficking Awareness Month:
For Human Trafficking Awareness Month, author and charity campaigner for sexually exploited and prostituted women, Ruth Jacobs, is undertaking a series of interviews with human trafficking survivors, activists, advocates, filmmakers, writers and feminists. The full list of interviews can be viewed here and includes interviewees from the UK, America, Canada and South Africa.
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Reality, Resources, Resilience: Regeneration In A Recession (23/01/13):
This paper, from Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network (SURF), looks at how the recession is impacting upon disadvantaged communities in Scotland.
Reducing Poverty Must Be Central To The Debate About Scottish Independence (21/01/13):
Poor Health And No Wealth: State Of The Nation Report Reveals Shocking Inequalities In Scotland (21/01/13):
Monitoring Poverty And Social Exclusion In Scotland 2013 (21/01/13):
From POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING:
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Come Under Fire For Asylum Seeker Volunteer Policy (The Glaswegian, 30/01/13):
An equal rights charity have backed calls for asylum seekers to be allowed to volunteer for roles on the Glasgow 2014 team.
From YOUTH SCOTLAND:
Stand Up To Sectarianism: Training In Your Area:
Free training events, weekend or twilight sessions to ensure a range of workers and volunteers are able to attend. These interactive workshops explore the causes, issues and impact of sectarianism in Scotland and focus on providing participants with the skills to run dynamic and effective anti-sectarian workshops and programmes for young people.
Mon 4th February – Grangemouth; Thurs 7th February – Dundee; Wed 13th February – Paisley; Sat 16th February – Kilmarnock; Wed 20th February – Stirling; Sat 23rd February – Glasgow; Sat 9th March – Edinburgh; Wed 13th March – Coatbridge; Wed 20th March- Glasgow; Sat 23rd March – Western Isles. These training events have been designed and developed in partnership with Nil by Mouth, Scotland’s leading anti sectarianism charity. For more details and a booking form: http://digbig.com/5bgysc
From EQUALITY NETWORK:
Last Chance To Respond To The LGBT Equality Survey:
Major survey on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Scotland. Now is the last chance to have YOUR say. We want to know your priorities for LGBT equality in Scotland: What are the problems facing LGBT people? What are the issues affecting you? What would you like to see done to improve LGBT equality? Survey closes Monday 4 February. http://www.lgbtsurvey.org
Scottish Government Same-Sex Marriage Consultation:
Deadline 20th March
From CEDAR GLASGOW:
Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery:
CEDAR Glasgow are now taking referrals for 2013 group work programmes. Any agency can make a referral to CEDAR and women and young people can also refer themselves. CEDAR is an exciting new addition to services for children and young people in Glasgow. The project is delivered in partnership by ASSIST and Glasgow Women’s Aid, and aims to support recovery for families who have experienced domestic abuse. CEDAR provides an opportunity for children, young people and mothers to access a 12 week therapeutic group work programme looking at the impact of domestic abuse and exploring ways of moving forward and recovering from their experiences. For more information on CEDAR in Scotland, please visit http://cedarnetwork.org.uk To make a referral, call Isla or Kirsty on 0141 276 7718 or email Isla.Guild@glasgow.gov.uk or Kirsty.Calderwood@glasgow.gov.uk
From GLASGOW CENTRE FOR INCLUSIVE LIVING:
New Research Highlights Shortage Of Houses Suitable For Wheelchair Users:
‘Mind the step: An estimation of housing need among wheelchair users in Scotland’ – research publication from Horizon Housing Association: http://www.horizonhousing.org/main.cfm?Type=PUBLICS
From FORESTRY COMMISSION:
The Women’s Outdoor Leadership Project:
Our approach is ‘learning by doing’ using woodlands and forests as our classroom. On completion of the project participants will receive: Sport Leader Level 3 Certificate Training: Day Walk Leaders &/or o Basic Expedition Leadership (BEL); Outdoor Emergency 1st Aid Certificate; John Muir Discovery Award. The project consists of 150 hrs training towards the Level 3 Certificate in Day Walk Leaders or Basic Expedition Leadership. On completion of the project, women will be supported to complete their consolidation and assessment element of the award by utilising the skills learnt on the BEL to benefit the local community. Participants are fully supported throughout the project to ensure they are confident in running local community projects in their local woodlands and forests. Who can apply: 10 Participants; Women from a variety of backgrounds, aged 18 yrs or over who can utilise their training to benefit their local community via self led woodland activities. Time Scale: February 2013 – October 2013 (dates tbc with group). 18 sessions: 10am – 5pm – to include 2 overnight camping expeditions Plus 2 days 1st Aid Training. Cost: The BEL & 1st Aid Course are FREE!. You will be required to purchase your own walking boots and leaders pack. Participants will contribute a small fee for camping and transport. Self-catering for expeditions and day sessions Further Information Contact: Pammy Johal: 07825 604 003 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Women’s Outdoor Leadership Project is funded by the Forestry Commission.
From CAMPAIGN FOR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN SCOTLAND:
Scottish Information Commissioner’s Decisions Training Course:
[Glasgow] 26 February, 1.30pm to 5pm. The training will be led by Maurice Frankel, Director of the Campaign. While the course will focus on the significant decisions issued by the Scottish Information Commissioner since the last course, it will also cover significant Court of Session rulings and decisions issued by the UK Tribunal that have implications for Scottish public authorities. Details and booking form: http://www.cfoi.org.uk/pdf/sicdecisionsfeb13.pdf
Three New Reports From Roshni:
Child Grooming and Sexual Exploitation: A National Discussion
Perceptions of Child Abuse in Scotland’s Minority Ethnic Communities
Raising the Awareness of Issues Surrounding Abuse in Minority Ethnic Communities
Download from http://roshni.org.uk/research-consultancy/
From COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS:
SNAP! What Does It Mean For Race Equality?:
[Glasgow] 21st February, 1pm – 4pm, Scottish Youth Theatre, G1 1TF. This seminar will explore Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP), its implications for race equality and the importance of involvement in the development of SNAP for Scotland’s Black and minority ethnic communities. Speakers from CRER and the Scottish Human Rights Commission will set the scene for participants to discuss their priorities for the development of SNAP. The results of the seminar will be used to develop a consultation response, highlighting priorities for race equality as raised by seminar participants. This will assist the SHRC in making Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights strong, inclusive and reflective of the diverse needs of our communities. The event will feature: An overview of SNAP and its implications for race equality in Scotland; Discussion to identify participants’ priorities for the development of SNAP; Information on how organisations and individuals can participate in the wider SNAP consultation process. Book now for this free event to ensure your place: http://www.crer.org.uk/training/snap
From HOLYROOD MAGAZINE:
The Road To Damascus (28/01/13):
How Iain Duncan Smith has turned his back on the poor
From PARKHEAD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU:
Welfare Reform Meeting:
[Glasgow] Monday 4 February, 6pm, Celtic Park – Jock Stein Lounge (access to main car park via London Road from Springfield Road and via Clyde Gateway). We are facing the biggest shake up of the welfare benefits system since its introduction over 60 years ago and people are bewildered by the many changes taking place and worried about the impact the changes to benefits will have on them, their families and their communities. Robert Hinds, Glasgow City Council Welfare Rights will be giving a presentation on the changes and the likely impacts. There will be a buffet and refreshments following the presentation. The meeting is open to all and should be of interest to existing and potential benefit claimants as well as agencies working with people who are likely to be affected by the changes. If you need more information please contact our office on 554 3834.
Workshop On Fostering Good Relations:
[Edinburgh] 8th February. To enable representatives from local authorities to discuss the requirement, under the Public Sector Equality Duty, for councils to have due regard to the need to foster good relations and publish outcomes and report on their progress in this regard. It will involve short presentations from invited speakers, small group and panel discussions as a means of assisting local authorities as they consider how best to measure, report and develop good practice in this area. http://digbig.com/5bgypb
From WISE WOMEN:
Free Evening Or Weekend Workshop: The Role The Media Plays In The Socialisation Of Women, Men And Young People:
[Glasgow] Thursday 7th February, 7pm till 9pm, or, Saturday 9th March, 1pm till 3pm, at the Albany Learning and Conference Centre, 44 Ashley St, G3 6DS. In 2000, Wise Women developed materials for use in our Confidence Building Courses that addressed the issue of how the mainstream media had an impact on women and girls body image and self esteem. Since then the boundaries of what is classed as acceptable and unacceptable imagery has become increasingly blurred. Concerns have been raised that the sexualisation of young women and girls, an increase in eating disorders in young boys and men and the fact that more children under 12 are committing sexual offences has been linked to a number of social and media outlets. This session offers a general overview of the work Wise Women has done more recently with groups on the issue of media socialisation with a 35 minute power point presentation of the materials, an opportunity to see the Media Boards close up with some time for group discussion and feedback. To book your place contact The Albany Centre: 0141 354 6521 or email@example.com
Free Personal Safety Taster Workshop:
[Glasgow] Saturday 23rd February, 1pm till 3pm, Or Tuesday 12th March, 6.30 till 8.30pm, Or Tuesday 19th March, 12.30pm till 2.30pm, The Albany, 44 Ashley St, G3 6DS. Wise Women in partnership with GCVS are providing a series of Free Personal Safety Workshops for women in Glasgow. Any woman can feel at risk of or experience abuse and crime in her home, on the street, on public transport or at work. This 2 hour workshop will teach simple but effective techniques and shock tactics that will help you identify, avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations and is open to women of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. To book: phone or email The Albany Centre on: Telephone: 0141 354 6521 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From SCOTTISH HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Questionnaire Launched Ahead Of InterAction (24/01/13):
People from across Scotland who have been affected by historic child abuse in care are being asked to fill out a questionnaire ahead of an important meeting aimed at bringing justice a step closer. The SHRC has commissioned CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde to gather the views of people affected by historic abuse in a new online questionnaire: http://digbig.com/5bgype and http://www.shrcinteraction.org/
Submission – PE1455 – Public Access To Court Records:
The Commission has made a submission to Public Petition PE1455 at the Scottish Parliament, ‘Public access to court records’.
Consultation On Proposals For A Court Structure For The Future:
Commission response to a consultation from the Scottish Court Service
From LEARNING DISABILITY ALLIANCE SCOTLAND:
Government Backs Off Personal Independence Payment Changes (28/01/13):
Lord Freud has said that Department for Work and Pensions ministers are, by February 4th, to clarify how mobility and care disability assessments are carried out. This follows criticism of changes to PIP rules published in December.
Lobby Glasgow City Council 23 Jan:
The lobby of Glasgow council over the proposed cuts in learning disability day centres and services
New Advice Support To Cope With Benefit Changes (22/01/13):
New funding of £5.4 million from the Scottish Government will be directed at benefit advice services who support an increasing number of people hit by welfare changes.
From GLASGOW COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR:
Men And Suicide: Why It’s A Social Issue:
[Glasgow] 15th February, 9.15am – 12.30pm, The Albany, Learning and Conference Centre, 44 Ashley St, G3 6DS. A GCVS event, in partnership with Samaritans. Men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide. GCVS invites members to a morning seminar to discuss the topic. Hear about Samaritans’ research and about some of the findings from the Mental Health Foundation’s work in the field, and take part in our discussion about the implications for Glasgow. Free event. http://digbig.com/5bgysg
From BLACK TRIANGLE:
Scottish Trades Union Congress To Demand AtoS’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Sponsor Status Be Revoked (28/01/13):
Tackling Scotland’s Health Inequalities: A Time For Radical Change?:
CHEX has issued a new policy briefing bringing together some recent policy statements and research findings around health inequalities in Scotland, including recent reports from Audit Scotland and Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer. These provide stark reading for anyone concerned with improving the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities. Within the documents there is a call for radical change in how Scotland tackles health inequalities. CHEX welcomes and supports this call for change together with greater recognition and backing for the contribution that community-led health approaches can bring.
Download the briefing from http://digbig.com/5bgysy
From GLASGOW WOMEN’S LIBRARY:
21 Revolutions: Two Decades Of Changing Minds At Glasgow Women’s Library:
[Glasgow] 4th February – 4th March, Bar Gandolfi, Merchant City
From INCLUSION SCOTLAND:
Inclusion Scotland AGM & Conference: Hate Crime & Access to Justice:
[Glasgow] 8th February, 10.30am – 4.30pm, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU. Guest Chair – Jackie Maciera, Scottish Disability Equality Forum; Speakers: PC Clare Bradley – Disability Hate Crime Network; Chief Supt. Grant Manders, Strathclyde Police; Mike Dailly – Govan Law Centre. This event is aimed at disabled people. It will also be of interest to representatives of voluntary, community and other organisations who support, advise or give assistance directly to disabled people. To register for a place contact: Angela Marshall – Email: email@example.com or Telephone: 0141 221 7589. Don’t forget to let us know if you have any additional support needs including access, communication support or dietary requirements when registering.
The Use And Value Of The Blue Badge Scheme:
Transport Scotland social research commissioned ODS Consulting to undertake research with Blue Badge Holders on the use and value of the Blue Badge for disabled people. The research included an 800 person survey and focus groups. Access the report: http://digbig.com/5bgyta For a hard copy of the report contact 0141 272 7100.
From HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM SCOTLAND:
Human Rights And The NHS:
In October 2012 the Scottish Human Rights Commission and NHS Scotland delivered a session on what human rights mean in practice for NHS, below is a link to videos of some of the presentations as well as papers that were provided at the event.
From ALBERT DRIVE:
Artists On Albert Drive (22/01/13):
We’re excited to be releasing news about the Artists-in-Residence who will be joining lead artists, Glas(s) Performance, on the ALBERT DRIVE project from February to July 2013. The new resident artists are: Andy McAvoy and Ann Nisbett (of EDO Architecture), Arpita Shah, Basharat Khan, Janice Parker, Nic Green and Shauna McMullan. They will all be working in distinct ways across a range of creative practice to engage the community around the question, ‘Who is my neighbour?’
Fury As Benefits Bullies DWP Force 50,000 Disabled Scots To Go Back To Work (30/01/13):
Disability Cuts: The Big Picture Is Terrifying (30/01/13):
Individual benefit changes seem minor, says Richard Hawkes chief executive of the disability charity Scope. But taken together, they present a worrying vision of life for disabled people in Britain.
BBC Panorama Investigates The Great Disability Scam (29/01/13):
Only half of all people with a disability are in work. Panorama investigates if one of the government’s most ambitious welfare reforms, costing billions of pounds, can solve the problem of disability unemployment.
Changes To ESA Work Capability Assessments (29/01/13):
Latest ESA Statistics – 52 Per Cent Found ‘Fit For Work’ (25/01/13):
Equality – Cutting Bureaucracy: Slashing Protection? (25/01/13):
In Disability Now, Ruth Patrick wonders if David Cameron’s plan to cut the ‘red tape’ of equality impact assessments masks a darker purpose.
Campaign Against Changes To ESA Work Capability Assessment _ #esaSOS (25/01/13):
Atos Comes Under Attack In Emotional Commons Debate (18/01/13):
From SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Scottish Refugee Council Challenges Inaccurate Reporting (28/01/13):
Charity lodges a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission … against the Scottish Daily Mail. Last week it ran a front-page story that inaccurately reported the rates of asylum applications in Scotland as compared to the rest of the UK.
Report Proposes “Fair And Humane” Asylum System Post Referendum Report Launched At Scottish Refugee Council’s AGM (21/01/13):
From SCOTTISH RECOVERY NETWORK:
Register Now For The SRN National Gathering 2013!:
[Edinburgh] 18th March, Murrayfield Stadium. Free one day event, designed to provide a safe, empowering and innovative opportunity for people to come together, network, share, learn and be inspired. Anyone interested in mental health recovery can apply to take part. Find out more and register here: http://digbig.com/5bgysh
Recovery For All, Including Me: Carers And Mental Health Recovery:
… while carers are increasingly embracing recovery, there is still more to be done to integrate their specific expertise into recovery support: http://digbig.com/5bgysj
Take Part In New Research To Support Recovery From Depression:
Find out more about the project and how you can get involved here: http://digbig.com/5bgysk
Have Your Say: Tell Us Your Story About Self-Directed Support:
We’re gathering stories about the experiences that people with mental health problems have of self-directed support. Our aims are to learn more about SDS; generate examples of what can be achieved; and influence the practice of local authorities by giving a voice to people with lived experience. Find out more here: http://digbig.com/5bgysm
From CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON FAMILIES AND RELATIONSHIPS (CRFR):
This Is Abuse….Or Is It? Domestic Abuse Perpetrators’ Responses To Anti-Domestic Violence Publicity:
[Edinburgh] 15th May, 12noon – 2pm. This seminar will report on emerging findings from the ESRC funded ‘From Boys to Men’ project, led by Professor David Gadd. Using the responses of domestic abuse perpetrators exposed to the UK Government’s ‘This is Abuse’ campaign film, the seminar will show how contradictory identifications with both anti-violence messages and victim-blaming discourses are negotiated by those young men prone to perpetrating domestic abuse. It concludes by exploring the implications of this for those working to prevent domestic violence. Professor David Gadd, Director of the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Manchester University. Attendance at the seminar is free, however places are limited. To book please contact L.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 651 3001.
From EVENING TIMES:
287 Posts Set To Go Under New Scheme For Home-Care (21/01/13):
+ UK NEWS AND EVENTS
From EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
Retention Of Personal Information On State Database Contravenes Peaceful Protesters’ Human Rights (29/01/13):
EHRC Helps Student Wrongly Branded A Criminal Win Privacy Case (29/01/13):
The EHRC has intervened in a landmark legal case which has determined that the way the police have dealt with confidential information relating to minor offences is in breach of human rights laws protecting privacy.
From THE GUARDIAN:
Equality Commission Loses Its Office, But Is It Losing Its Purpose? (25/01/13):
Move follows slashing of funding from £70m to £17m, which has fed fears about the government’s regard for rights
From PESKY PEOPLE:
Disability Meets Digital Unconference:
[Manchester] 21st March. The digital revolution is transforming Britain and the arts. Technology is changing our lives there’s mobile apps, tablets, touch screens even contactless payments. So how do we ensure that disabled people are not left even further behind in the digital world?
From UK HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG:
Equal Marriage On The Way As Bill Published (25/01/13):
“Marriage of same sex couples is lawful”, begins the Government’s new Equal Marriage Bill, which will, amongst other things, make it legal for gay couples to marry in both civil and religious ceremonies.
Government Policy Has Made Childcare Even More Unaffordable, Says TUC (30/01/13):
TUC response to plans announced by the government today (Tuesday) to reform childcare provision.
From DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT:
Equal Marriage A Step Closer As Legislation Published (25/01/13):
Government commitment to open up marriage to same-sex couples makes important progress. A Government commitment to open up marriage to same-sex couples took an important step forward today with the publication of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.
From BLACK TRIANGLE:
Disability Benefits: Lord Freud To ‘Clarify’ Assessment Regulations (28/01/13):
From EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM:
First Reading: Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill (28/01/13):
The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill was introduced into Parliament and had its first reading on 24 January 2013.
Barnardo’s Plea To Light Up Lives Of Children Waiting For Homes (22/01/13):
Children are being left to grow up without a family because of their ethnicity, age, disability or brothers and sisters, Barnardo’s highlighted today
Barnardo’s Statement On The Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill Third Reading (22/01/13):
Cuts That Will Push 200,000 Children Into Poverty Are A Travesty (18/01/13):
Yesterday the Government stated that measures in the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, that cap benefits at 1% rise over the next three years, will push 200,000 children into poverty.
From HOME OFFICE:
Visas For Chinese Nationals: The Facts (30/01/13):
British Culture And History At Heart Of New Life In The UK Test (27/01/13):
More Training To Identify And Support Victims Of Human Trafficking (22/01/13):
GPs, midwives, youth workers and social workers are among those professionals who will soon benefit from training
Strict New Code To Prevent Powers Of Entry Being Abused (21/01/13):
A new code of practice will be set up by the Home Office to stop public bodies abusing powers of entry to people’s homes
International Sham Marriage Gang Jailed (18/01/13):
Mental Health Act Report Out Today (30/01/13):
Today’s report shows that, in many cases, people’s basic human rights are being infringed.
Mind Comments On Government Response To Sickness Absence Review (17/01/13):
Mind’s statement on the Government’s commitments to tackling sickness absence in Great Britain.
From NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION:
What Does The White Paper On State Pensions Mean To You? (21/01/13):
The NPC is opposed to the White Paper and is currently considering how best to campaign against it: http://npcuk.org/1175
From UK VISA BUREAU:
Negative UK Immigration Campaign Labelled ‘Farcical’ (29/01/13):
The Government’s plans to introduce a negative advertising campaign in the hopes of keeping UK immigration figures low when Bulgaria and Romania accede to the EU later this year have been labelled ‘farcical’ by Labour MP Keith Vaz.
National Diversity Awards:
Keep Mary Seacole And Oluadah Equiano In The Curriculum:
Race On Screen – New Runnymede Film:
Runnymede’s new film Race on Screen documents a series of lectures and panel debates organised as part of the Generation 3.0 project. http://youtu.be/NFQBfeQBsj4
From INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS:
Why The Voluntary Sector Is Under Threat (28/01/13):
recent report, Independence Under Threat: The Voluntary Sector In 2013, from the ongoing Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector (funded by The Baring Foundation) makes a searing critique of the trends which pose a threat to the independence of the sector in 2013.
The Met Police And Mental Health (24/01/13):
The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing is currently carrying out a consultation in the form of an online survey.
Culture Of Disbelief? Why Race Discrimination Claims Fail In The Employment Tribunal (24/01/13):
As the European Court partially vindicates employees’ rights to manifest their religion at work, and with coalition measures set to make access to justice more difficult for all employees, employment lawyer, historian and activist David Renton discusses the added difficulties for those bringing race discrimination claims.
‘Integration, Integration, Integration’ (23/01/13):
Does Eric Pickles’ integration speech last week foretell an emphasis on a new patriotism?
The Rise Of Britain’s Far Right (23/01/13):
A new history of the far Right shines a light on the culpability of centre-ground politics for fascist gains.
Films Explore Risks To Women (17/01/13):
The Need to Know Campaign exposes global acts and practices that harm women.
Asylum-Support System Pushing Families Into Poverty (Guardian 31/01/13):
A parliamentary inquiry into asylum support has revealed that thousands of families and children who seek refuge in the UK are being forced into severe poverty due to low levels of support.
UK Citizenship Test ‘To Cover Britain’s Greats’ (BBC 28/01/13):
A new version of the test taken by foreign nationals who wish to become UK citizens “focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British”, the Home Office has said.
From BRITISH INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
Caring About Older People’s Rights:
Many older people are engaged in a caring relationship, either caring for someone or being cared for themselves. In the latest edition of London Age, the Age UK magazine for London, BIHR contributors explore how human rights can empower people to challenge undignified care or treatment that they or someone they know has received. The article also introduces a new BIHR publication; Your Human Rights: A Pocket Guide for Carers, a human rights guide specifically for carers.
From ABORTION RIGHTS:
Irish Pro-Choice Campaign Launched As Antis Rally:
A new group that will campaign for abortion rights in the Republic of Ireland has been launched. The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) was officially established in Dublin on Saturday 19th January. Its aims include “legislation on the X & C cases and repeal of the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution,” the group said in a press release.
From OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB:
The Future Of Human Rights On These Islands (28/01/13):
Now that the idea of a new UK Bill of Rights appears to be buried, choices re-emerge. The predicted outcome of the London-based Commission’s work was finally confirmed in December. Where now for human rights?
From WOODLANDS COMMUNITY GARDEN:
Gardening Volunteers: People With Learning Disabilities:
Woodlands Community Garden And CKUK (Common Knowledge UK) are looking for volunteers with learning difficulties to get involved in their new gardening project. Get in touch with CKUK 0141 556 5301 if you know people who may be interested or to find out more.
Volunteering / Training / Learning / Exchange Survey:
We are currently exploring ways in which we can: expand the range of volunteering opportunities we provide; increase the amount of training and learning opportunities offered at the garden; pilot a skills exchange network among users and volunteers of the garden. To assist us with the planning of (and fundraising for!) all of the above, it would be great if you could take a few minutes to complete a short online survey:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFHXJ22
From POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION:
Lone Parent Poverty ‘Key’ To Women’s Inequality (28/01/13):
From JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:
Minimum Income Standards And Older Pensioners’ Needs (28/01/13):
Reality Of UK Poverty Captured In Online BBC Storyville Films (23/01/13):
Three eye-opening JRF/BBC documentaries are now available to watch online.
Poor Health And No Wealth: State Of The Nation Report Reveals Shocking Inequalities In Scotland (21/01/13):
Response To The Joint Committee On The Draft Care And Support Bill (18/01/13):
Assessing Current And Future Housing And Support Options For Older LGB People (15/01/13):
Preparing To Grow Old Together (15/01/13):
How can housing co-operatives best support their older residents?
New Polling Shows More Than Nine In Ten Gay People Support Equal Marriage (31/01/13):
‘Speak now, or forever hold your peace’ (25/01/13):
Stonewall urges equal marriage supporters to contact MPs today
From DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS:
Nearly One In Three People On Incapacity Benefits Capable Of Work (29/01/13):
Hoban – More Improvements To The Work Capability Assessment Will Help People With Cancer (28/01/13):
Reports Of Disability Hate Crime Treble In Blackpool (24/01/13):
Hoban: Improvements To Work Capability Assessment Making A Real Difference (22/01/13):
From REFUGEE COUNCIL:
Education Lottery A Barrier To Integration For Refugees And Asylum Seekers (31/01/13):
MPs’ Report Shows Asylum Support System Failing Children And Young people (30/01/13):
More Calls For Improvements At UKBA: Our Response (24/01/13):
From EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM:
Roma, LGBT And Disability Organisations Stand Together On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (28/01/13):
Towards Better Accessibility Of Transport Services:
EDF joins forces with AGE Platform Europe, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and European Passengers’ Federation (EPF) in order to express their common views on the upcoming European Accessibility Act.
From EUROPEAN ROMA AND TRAVELLERS FORUM:
Holocaust Remembrance Day:
We remember the past to ensure it is not repeated in the future. Thinking about the horrible suffering of the victims of the Holocaust and their families reminds us that every day we must work to end anti-Gypsyism and instead promote a culture of peace.
ILGA-Europe Extremely Concerned By Approval Of Russian Draft Law To Ban “Homosexual Propaganda” (25/01/13):
ILGA-Europe is extremely concerned by today’s approval by the Russian federal parliament (State Duma) of a draft legislation aimed at banning “propaganda of homosexuality” in Russia.
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