We need strong equality duties
Inclusion London has responded to the government’s consultation on its proposed specific equality duties regulations.
We set out our views about what the government is proposing to do to the equality duties, what the main problems are and what we think should happen instead.
We explain how the proposals are a major setback from the current equality duties. They would not require public authorities to involve disabled people. These proposals would allow authorities to have very limited ‘equality objectives’ and would not even require action to meet them. Authorities could bury reports in generic annual reports and could pick and choose where to apply the duties or even which ‘equality groups’ to focus on.
The government’s proposals do not help authorities to meet their obligations under the general public sector equality duty.
We have called for a big overhaul in the proposals.
To read the consultation, visit www.equalities.gov.uk
You can download Inclusion London’s response from the link on the right.