Equalities watchdog to hold inquiry into methods of challenging decisions about adult social care – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an inquiry that will consider the effectiveness of existing methods of challenging local authority decisions about individuals’ entitlements to adult social care or support in England and Wales, including – but not limited to – complaints to local authorities and Ombuds, and judicial review.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th July 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Inaccessible Venues Are Infringing On Disability Rights – Each Other

‘Popular West End musical Six has drawn criticism from disability activists after announcing that it is moving from the Lyric Theatre to the Vaudeville theatre, which lacks accessible facilities for disabled people.’

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Each Other, 16th July 2021

Source: eachother.org.uk

Calls for legal review of UK welfare screening system which factors in age – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2021 in age discrimination, equality, fraud, local government, news by michael

‘An automated system that screens welfare claimants for signs they might commit fraud or error has based its verdicts in part on applicants’ age, it has emerged, sparking calls for a review of whether the system is legal.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2021

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Disabled People’s Employment Are Being Affected by Inequalities – Each Other

‘Despite a pledge to get one million more disabled people into work, the disability employment gap has widened during the pandemic.’

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Each Other, 14th July 2021

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CPS diversity declaration rule to put chambers under spotlight – Legal Futures

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to use a new annual online declaration by panel barristers of any protected characteristics to analyse the proportionality of case allocation and fee payments within chambers.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Government breaching human rights commitments under UN racism treaty, report warns – The Independent

‘The government is in breach of a UN treaty designed to eradicate racial discrimination, a new report has warned. Research by the Runnymede Trust said that minority ethnic groups face sustained disparities across health, the criminal justice system, education, employment and immigration in England.’

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The Independent, 14th July 2021

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Firm that dismissed pregnant trainee cleared of discrimination – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 9th, 2021 in employment tribunals, equality, news, pregnancy, sex discrimination, solicitors by michael

‘A criminal defence firm has been cleared of discrimination allegations after telling a trainee solicitor she was being let go three weeks after she said she was pregnant.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th July 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Changing the picture: diversity at silk level – Counsel

‘Exclusive statistical analysis: Barbara Mills QC outlines how the deeply unhelpful, homogenous BAME acronym is masking the true extent and systemic nature of the Bar’s diversity problem.’

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Counsel, July 2021

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

BSB more likely to raise complaints against minority ethnic barristers – Legal Futures

‘Minority ethnic barristers remain more likely than their White counterparts to be subject to complaints raised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), new research has shown.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Indirect Discrimination Against Working Mothers – Littleton Chambers

‘On 22 June 2021, the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down judgment in Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust UKEAT/0220/19/LA. CLICK HERE to read the judgment.’

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Littleton Chambers, 23rd June 2021

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Government commission ignored evidence of NHS racism, says British Medical Association – The Independent

‘The British Medical Association has said the highly-contested Sewell report “ignored well-documented” evidence of structural racism. The professional body for doctors refuted the report’s overall findings and said the government-appointed Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) missed opportunities to identify effective solutions to tackling racial inequality.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2021

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NEWS ‘Crying in court’: Bar Council urges action on judicial bullying – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 2nd, 2021 in barristers, bullying, courts, diversity, equality, judges, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has encouraged barristers to speak up about judicial bullying, following an anecdotal rise in judges making lawyers cry in court. The representative body is due to meet with the judiciary’s equality and diversity lead this week to discuss the types of incidents involving judges that get reported and the impact they have on barristers.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd July 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Three Metropolitan Police officers face gross misconduct inquiry over Bianca Williams search – The Independent

‘Three of the six police officers who stopped, searched and handcuffed athlete Bianca Williams and her partner are under investigation for gross misconduct.’

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The Independent, 2nd July 2021

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When volunteers and interns may acquire employment rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 28th, 2021 in contract of employment, employment, equality, news, remuneration, volunteers by tracey

‘There is no legal definition of a “volunteer” or “intern” and no specific legislation covering employer-volunteer relationships. The extent of the rights that volunteers or interns may acquire is dependent on their legal status, meaning whether they are an “employee” or a “worker” or a genuine volunteer.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th June 2021

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Judge quashes decision by council to grant planning permission for conversion of pub to residential dwelling over public sector equality duty failings – Local Government Lawyer

‘Sedgemoor District Council was wrong to agree to the conversion of a former pub to a residential dwelling without considering s149 of the Equality Act 2010, and also failed to apply part of its local plan, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th June 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

What Are The Rights-Based Implications Of Vaccine Passports? – Each Other

Posted June 23rd, 2021 in coronavirus, equality, holidays, human rights, news, passports, vaccination by sally

‘Following news that 15 EU countries are issuing Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel, the debate over whether vaccine passports are fair is growing.’

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Each Other, 21st June 2021

Source: eachother.org.uk

Were Do Not Resuscitate Orders Illegally Placed on Disabled People? – Each Other

‘Throughout the pandemic, unlawful do not resuscitate orders (DNRs) were placed upon people in the United Kingdom. Did it unfairly target disabled patients?’

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Each Other, 22nd June 2021

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Transport for London evicting rough sleepers from public areas in potential breach of law – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2021 in equality, homelessness, human rights, local government, London, news, transport by tracey

‘Rough sleepers are being evicted from public spaces in a move legal experts say is likely to be unlawful.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2021

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Employment Tribunals: Interim Relief and the Equality Act 2010: Court of Appeal Declines to Extend the Relief – Littleton Chambers

‘For a few months, a radical change to employment law practice appeared to be in prospect.’

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Littleton Chambers, 16th June 2021

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More gay and bisexual men able to give blood after ‘historic’ rule change – The Independent

‘More gay and bisexual men will be allowed to donate blood, platelets and plasma after “historic” new rules came into effect.’

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The Independent, 15th June 2021

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