Commission calls for single equalities act

The government cannot drive forward the equality agenda without
introducing a single equalities act, according to a Disability
Rights Commission briefing paper.

The paper covers the DRC’s initial views of the
government’s ‘Equality and Diversity: Making it Happen’
consultation document, which was published last October. The DRC
says it is concerned the consultation document does not discuss the
means of securing “consistent, strong legislation” across the
different equalities areas.

The paper says: “The absence of such legislation is likely to
undermine the success of any new arrangements, by confirming
hierarchies of discrimination within arrangements purportedly
aiming for equality and consistency.”

The DRC aims to submit its full response by the 21 February

– DRC briefing paper from 08457 622 644

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