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Equality Act under threat

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Fri, 24/06/2011

The Equality Act 2010 is under threat – respond now to the spotlight on the Equality Act 2010 on the Red Tape Challenge website – deadline 30th June 2011.

(With thanks to Race on the Agenda, Equanomics-UK and Equality and Diversity Forum for this information)

The Red Tape Challenge website is a government initiative to review 'unnecessary bureaucracy' and reduce 'burdensome red tape' and is asking the public to consider whether the brand new Equality Act 2010 should be scrapped.

Over 5000 people have already responded to the questions about whether to scrap the Equality Act 2010 with a 96% response rate, according to the Government Equalities Office, saying do not scrap the Act. The government has amended and added to the specific questions on the Equality Act 2010 in this ‘spotlight’.

Key areas and new questions
The spotlight focuses on 8 parts or sections of the Equality Act 2010:

  • Who is protected
  • Prohibited conduct
  • At work
  • Buying goods and using services
  • Specific sectors – in housing, at school or college, on transport
  • Positive action
  • Enforcing equality law

In the public sectorThe questions about the measures within the Equality Act 2010 are now:

  • Should we scrap them altogether?
  • Could their purpose be achieved in a non-regulatory way (e.g. through a voluntary code?)? How?
  • Could they be reformed, simplified or merged? How?
  • Can we reduce their bureaucracy through better implementation? How?
  • Can we make their enforcement less burdensome? How?
  • Should they be left as they are?

You are urged to respond to the new spotlight on the Equality Act 2010 before the spotlight closes on Thursday 30th June 2011.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) have produced a useful guide to responding to the spotlight on the Red Tape Challenge Equality Act 2010.

ROTA have also produced a template response [330kB, PDF].

Equality and Diversity Forum also have updated information.