Best Practice Case Study of the Week - 2 December 2013

2 December 2013

Equality impact assessment leads to changes in taxi licensing services, promoting driver safety and improving relations with BME drivers [1]

A review of feedback and complaints to the taxi and private hire licensing service of Bristol City Council identified a number of complaints from drivers who felt that they were not being treated fairly by the Council. The majority of drivers were from black and...Read more

Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows

New research from Race on the Agenda (ROTA) shows that free schools are failing to comply with statutory requirements on equality.

The public sector equality duty (PSED) exists to support schools to tackle unlawful discrimination, meet diverse needs, identify and address the reasons for different educational outcomes for different groups, and create school environments where all pupils feel valued and safe from all kinds of bullying and harassment.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all schools, including free schools, to fulfil the public sector equality duty. By 6 April 2012...Read more

The most racist legislation in the last 30 years

Read the latest blog by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

“The most racist piece of legislation in the last 30 years”. So said John McDonnell MP about the new Immigration Bill that the Coalition Government is currently ramming through parliament. The Bill had its second reading on 22nd October and marks the culmination of...... continue >>> Read more

ROTA launches discussion paper on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and London’s BAME communities

Between November 2011 and February 2013, ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered educational reforms and the current state of play in terms of educational inequality. A concerning discussion point that came up at many of the seminars was that growing numbers of BAME children and young people are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and pressurized to take medication by healthcare professionals and schools.

ROTA has just launched a discussion paper and survey to explore this discussion point further. Read the paper at...Read more

The Review Recommendations Published - PARTIAL VICTORY

A big thank you to all of you who signed ROTA’s petition on the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and for supporting our campaign to save the PSED.

The independent Steering Group of the PSED review published its recommendations on 6 th September. Your voice and support has ensured there are no recommendations to remove the Public Sector Equality Duty. This is great news but we have not won yet!

The Steering Group has recommended that the government explore alternate means to judicial review to resolve disputes relating to the Equality Duty. The government has now launched...Read more

The Independent Steering Group set up by the Government to review the PSED has published its recommendations!

See here for recommendations of the review, the ministerial statement, and the NatCen qualitative research that informed the review. The government also launched a consultation on ‘Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform’, which will impact on our rights to use judicial review to resolve disputes relating to the Public Sector Equality Duty...Read more

‘London for All’ brings vital support to London’s voluntary and community sector

LVSC’s partnership project, ‘London for All’ funded by London Councils, will address the impact of the cuts by providing a wealth of experience, expertise and services that the VCS desperately needs. Contact Tim Brogden or visit the LVSC website to find out more.Read more


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