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Dany Cotton, the first woman to be appointed London Fire Commissioner

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While she was temping and still looking for a proper career, Dany noticed an advert in her local paper. The London Fire Brigade was recruiting and “would particularly welcome women and BME candidates”. “I went home and showed friends and family. They basically said: ‘That’s not a job for women. It’s a man’s job,’” recalls Dany. “In some ways, that just made me think ‘I’ll give it a go anyway.’”

Dany became commissioner on 1 January this year, nearly 30 years after she applied to the advert, and today leads nearly 6,000 LFB staff.


Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations


The Government response to its consultation on the proposed Reporting Regulations has clarified a number of questions raised by employers. For example, the relevant date will now be 5th April to avoid complexities of spanning two tax years. Commencement will be April 2017.

However, the size of employers within scope remains 250 employees, and a number of other modifications proposed by civil society and trade unions will not be made, including:


IWD 2017 Theme: be bold - reduce the gender pay gap!


Event " Become a carer or mentor for refugee children and young people" on 31st Jan at City Hall, Bristol


Dear colleague,

As you may know, Bristol is keen to welcome some of the 88,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people who made their way to Europe before March 2016 and who are living in refugee camps in Italy, Greece and France.

However we need more host families  to support the children and young people so we are organising a fast track process to recruit more foster carers, supported lodgings and befrienders. We held our first event in November and 150 people booked within 2 days. From the audience we were able to follow up  the 24 people who were interested in fostering, 15 people interested in offering supported lodgings and 40 people who were interested in mentoring

We are holding a follow up event for the people who were unable to get a ticket for the first event and for people who are keen to be foster carers

We are particularly keen to involve as diverse a group of foster carers as possible.



In a report issued in July 2016, Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that "Childcare costs remain a major barrier to reaching MIS through working."


Debate on Government Gender Impact Assessment 14th December 2016

For those of you who missed the House of Commons debate and want to catch up, the link to view it is here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/ad9e3901-a717-4026-8237-53e57ae51a05?in=14:14:42

Opposition day motion "Effect on equality of Autumn Financial Statement 2016".


Labour pledges not to bring policies to parliament unless their impact on women has been assessed and mitigated


"Labour will measure every piece of legislation, and every policy, by the yardstick of its impact on women before it is brought before parliament and put into practice."

“Women’s concerns cannot be pushed to the margins, segregated from strategic issues of war, peace and the economy. Women are the strategy, they are the solution.”

This is the full statement published by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to International Human Rights Day on Saturday 10th December 2016.