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Minimum Income Standard 2018

WAND invites you to its AGM

18 July 2018 from 6pm-7.30pm

Dorset's Rebellious Women

Borough Gardens House, Dorchester

After a short report from the chair about our activities over the last year, report from the treasurer and the election of our core group / key officers there will time for networking and a delicious cream tea!  The whole event is free to attend.

We are excited to have Harriet Still, join us to talk about the Radical Dorset project and Dorset's rebellious women.

 For further information, see www.wandwomen.org.uk, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07956 896114.

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New date for launch of WBG report on Women's Poverty

Wednesday 18 July, 6.30 – 8pm at the House of Lords

WESC recommend paternity rights improvements

The parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee's fathers and the workplace report was issued on March 15th 2018, see https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmwomeq/358/35802.htm  The report finds that the right to request flexible working has not created the necessary cultural change and that current policies supporting fathers in the workplace do not deliver what they promise, despite good intentions. This is particularly true for low-income fathers. The report recommends:

  •          Statutory paternity pay should be paid at 90% of the father’s pay (capped for higher earners) to help ensure that all fathers, regardless of income, can be at home around the time of their child’s birth
  •          The Government should consider the costs and benefits of introducing a new policy of 12 weeks’ standalone fathers’ leave in the child’s first year as an alternative to shared parental leave when it reviews the policy this year
  •          The Government should legislate immediately to make a reality the Prime Minister’s call for all jobs to be advertised as flexible from day one, unless there are solid business reasons not to

The Government should harmonise workplace rights for fathers who are agency workers or self-employed with those for employed fathers where practical – for example by introducing paternity allowance similar to maternity allowance.

Domestic Abuse Bill consultation

Published 8 March 2018 and closes 12:15am on 31 May 2018

From: Home Office and Ministry of Justice

The consultation sets out the government’s approach to dealing with domestic abuse. It seeks to address it at every stage from prevention through to rehabilitation and reinforces the government’s aim to make domestic abuse everyone’s business. The consultation is seeking views on both legislative proposals for a landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill and a package of practical action.

This ongoing consultation can be found here.

End Violence Against Women have already responded to the government to: action, take responsibility and tackle the structural obstacles in ensuring that the health service, schools and the welfare and housing systems as well as the police, play their part in ending this crime.

“New law and public discussion about domestic violence and what can be done to stop it is welcome. But this Bill will be a missed opportunity if it doesn’t go further than small changes to criminal sanctions and sentencing. It must meet the needs of all women experiencing violence." - Sarah Green, co-director of EVAW

Brexit Impact on Women

Resources collected by FPSW include:

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Research Contract Opportunity from EHRC

Literature Review on the Loss of EU Funds

https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=744a7fb3-9a44-e811-80eb-005056b64545&p=c71c7101-720a-e711-80dd-005056b64545

We are looking for a suitably experienced contractor(s) with expert knowledge of EU structural funds and other funds relevant to equality and human rights to carry out a literature review entitled ‘Loss of EU Funds – impact on Equality and Human Rights’.

Region(s) of supply
UNITED KINGDOM
Estimated value
£40,000.00

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FPSW says

To eliminate the gender pay gap Labour will need to ensure that:

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Ending Sexual Harassment at Work, HMRC Report

FPSW has responded:

Dear HMRC,

I have just read your report and recommendations on ending sexual harassment at work; an excellent summary of the issues thank you. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/ending-sexual-harassment-at-work.pdf

I just wondered, please:

  1.       What is the status of the report and what requirement is there on the Government or Employers to respond to the recommendations?
  2.       Is there a missing issue around treatment of perpetrators? I would have thought that hesitancy to report incidence of unwanted harassment towards oneself (and indeed lack restraint by those who harass) is at least in part due to uncertainty that the perpetrator will be at least sanctioned if not removed from their position of power. In the past it has too often been the victim who has had to change their job even where the harassment is accepted. A policy which included zero tolerance and implemented this with vigour would do much both to encourage reporting and to reduce casual ‘banter’.

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