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Equality and Human Rights Commission consultation: Draft strategic plan 2019 to 2022

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) would like to hear your views about their draft strategic plan (their work plan for the next three years). Your views on how they prioritise and achieve these aims are very important to them.

Closing date: Monday 7 January 2019

The EHRC have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to review and consult on their strategic plan, at least once every three years.

Find out more about the consultation.


Theresa May tells charities they can criticise the government.

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Tell the centre for excellence in Community Investment your views

The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment

Over the past two months, the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment have been meeting with community investment professionals across the UK, talking with them about what they want from the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment. 

Thery have  got lots of ideas, feedback and suggestions so far. But we know some people might not have been able to attend one of the roadshows. And that others who attended a roadshow might have had further thoughts or ideas since then. 

So here's an opportunity for you to tell Hact what you think about the Centre, about how it should develop in the future to meet your needs.

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues or contacts inside or outside the social housing sector.


What ‘levers’ could best influence employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay?

London School of Economics report: Switching Focus (source Equality & Diversity Forum)

What ‘levers’ could best influence employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay?

This is one of the key questions which is explored in the November 2018 report from the London School of Economics which seeks to answer, whose responsibility is it to improve disabled people’s employment and pay?

The report finds:

    Disabled people’s policy agendas have changed since the financial crash of 2008. The agenda has shifted from largely positively framed campaigns, i.e., calling for “what we want” (full and equal participation, rights to independent living, accessibility, equality in education and employment) to a larger focus on “what we don’t want” (tightened eligibility for social care and social security, as well as benefit sanctions)
    Disabled people are over 60 times more likely than employers to face sanctions for noncompliance with requirements. In 2015-16, disabled people were sanctioned 69,570 times for missing appointments or infringing work related conditions of benefit payment, with resulting reductions in benefit
    Work-related requirements of disabled people, backed by sanctions, have been widely described as unfair because disabled people are sanctioned more than non-disabled people, resulting in financial hardship.

Read the full report (pdf).


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