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EHRC Plan for post-brexit equality and human rights

"Brexit plans lack ambition for equality and human rights" - https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/brexit-plans-lack-ambition-equality-and-human-rights

20 March 2017

Publishing a 5 point plan on how Britain’s status as a world leader on equality and human rights can be maintained and strengthened after we leave the European Union, Mr Isaac has called for the government to set out its vision for a fairer Britain once we leave the EU and demonstrate how it will take a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a shared society and heal the divisions exposed during and since the referendum campaign.

The 5 point plan covers:

  • protecting parliamentary sovereignty over the UK’s equality and human rights legal framework
  • retaining the UK’s equality and human rights legal framework as we leave the European Union
  • ensuring the UK is a global leader on equality and human rights
  • protecting the UK’s equality and human rights infrastructure
  • promoting the UK as an open and fair place to live and do business

Setting out what steps the government can take to create a fairer Britain once we leave the EU the action plan published today includes:


WEC report on UK Government and UN women's equality goals


14 March 2017

The Government must publish a plan on how it intends to achieve gender equality, a new report from the Women and Equalities Committee says.

In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by world leaders at the United Nations, in which the UK strongly advocated for the inclusion of SDG 5, a commitment to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030. However, unlike 22 other countries, the UK Government has not set out a clear strategic plan for how this international obligation will be met.

The Committee's report found that many of the targets under SDG 5 require cross-departmental working and it is not clear that effective lines of responsibility for co-ordinating this have been established. The Committee has called on the Government to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to achieve this.


Women's information and celebration day event 29th March

Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BME Network invitation. See: http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events

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Outcry over NICs hides the biggest losers of government tax and benefit policy

The analysis published today by the Women’s Budget Group and Runnymede Trust shows that by continuing with planned freezes and cuts to in-work and out-of-work benefits that the poorest women will be £1581 worse off a year, on average, by 2020 compared to if policies in place in 2010 had continued.

Key findings of the cumulative distributional analysis of tax and benefit changes since 2010 are that:


How to reduce the gender pay gap in your business

In a blog for Business West, FPSW Chair Jackie Longworth gives timely advice as businesses gear up to comply with new gender pay gap reporting regulations.


Gender and the Crisis

The Distinguished Professorial Address: Professor Sylvia Walby


The Bristol Law School invites you to Professor Sylvia Walby's Distinguished Professorial Address,

Thursday 30th March from 17:30.

Register your free place here.

Room 4B031,
Frenchay Campus
UWE Bristol

Map and directions


Is the mid-twentieth century European nightmare, in which financial crisis led to economic recession, fascism and violence,being repeated today? 

What constitutes crisis is contested.  The construction of government deficits as if they entailed fiscal crisis to be treated as a state of exception is contested. 

The cascading of crisis from one institutional domain to another is also contested, since renewed democratic forces potentially provide sites of resilience and resistance.


RSA Inclusive Growth Commission Final Report published


Proposes a new model of integration of social and economic policy:

Social infrastructure: Investing in education, skills and employability support, mental health, affordable childcare

Physical infrastructure: Connecting people to economic assets and opportunities (via housing, transport, digital)

Inclusive industrial strategies: Long-term commitments to key sectors, clusters and technologies, including in low paid sectors (eg retail, care, warehousing and logistics)

Business-led productivity and quality jobs: Firms moving up value chain, creating quality jobs (fairly paid, scope for progression and autonomy, family friendly and flexible)

Macro-environment: Creating a culture of enterprise, inclusive legal/ financial institutions (eg regional banking) competitive fiscal and monetary policy and appropriate labour market regulation

Commission Chair Stephanie Flanders said


Survey results on SW Social Purpose Sector

South West Forum report published at http://southwestforum.org.uk/survey. Director Steve Woollett said:

"We were struck by the relatively fragility of much of the sector (almost half feel their unrestricted reserves are not safe) and the increasing difficulty organisations have in securing the funding they need for their work (79% are finding it more difficult.) Our sense also is of a sector divided, between those organisations that are doing OK and feel (reasonably) well equipped for the future and those that are struggling. Our survey also reveals a pretty disheartening picture of the (lack of) sector involvement in the development of (crucially important) Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs) and devolution proposals."

The report concludes 


Cleaners at LSE strike 15th & 16th March

This is a plea for support for my fellow cleaners at the prestigious London School of Economics University (LSE) who have taken the difficult and courageous decision to go on strike on 15th and 16th March 2017. 

They are demanding dignity and equality which the LSE and the cleaning contractor Noonan has long denied them. Many of the cleaners say they feel treated “second class” or “like the dirt they clean”.

This will be the first strike by outsourced staff in the 126 year history of the LSE.