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Equality and Human Rights Commission
Equality and Human Rights Commission have a statutory remit to
promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and
promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age,
disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and
maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and
At the Equality and Human Rights Commission
they believe that everyone should be treated fairly and with
dignity. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen. According
to a survey carried out for us in 2007, discrimination and
disadvantage are still common across Britain. They don’t all have
equal chances in life and some forms of discrimination are complex
and deep-rooted. Sometimes people choose to ignore the rights of
others even when this is against the law. This is why the
Equality and Human Rights Commission is here.
Government Equalities Office (GEO)
Government Equalities Office is a cross cutting Home Office
unit, which has responsibility within Government for equality
strategy and legislation. GEO takes the lead on issues relating to
women, sexual orientation and transgender equality matters.
The Government's Equality
Strategy sets out our vision for a strong, modern and fair
Britain. It is built on two principles of equality – equal
treatment and equal opportunity. This means building a
society where no one is held back because of who they are, or where
they come from.
The Government Equalities Office has put together
some useful guides for the public, employers, voluntary and
community organisations, private clubs and other associations,
businesses who provide goods and services and public services on
the Equality Act 2010.
Implementation of the majority of the Equality Act will begin on
1 October 2010. Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know? is a
series of summary guides and "Quick Start" guides to the key
changes in the law, produced by the Government Equalities Office in
partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce, Citizens Advice,
ACAS and the Equality and Diversity Forum, to support
implementation of the Act. These simple guides set out clearly what
the new laws will mean for business, the public sector, the
voluntary sector and the public, helping people understand their
new responsibilities and rights in the work place and when
providing or accessing goods or services.
Equality South West
Equality South West support
organisations in the South West to comply with the law, to improve
their business or organisational outputs, and to do the right
Over the last four decades, discrimination
legislation has played an important role in helping to make Britain
a more equal society. The Equality Act 2010 has been enforced by
the Government to protect individuals from unfair treatment and to
Their regional and local events and
conferences are always very well attended. Attracting speakers from
national, regional and local organisations, the events provide an
opportunity for contacts across the South West to come and learn
more about key developments in equality policy and legislation.
Local Government Improvement and Development
Government Improvement and Development (formerly the IDeA)
supports improvement and innovation in local government, focusing
on the issues that are important to councils and using tried and
tested ways of working.
LG Improvement and Development work with
councils in developing good practice, supporting them in their
partnerships. They do this through networks, online communities of
practice and web resources, and through the support and challenge
provided by councillor and officer peers.
They also help develop councillors in key
positions through our leadership programmes. Regional Associates
work closely with councils in their areas and support the regional
improvement and efficiency partnerships (RIEPs).
for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. We aim to
improve organisations and working life through better employment
relations. We help with employment relations by supplying
up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality
training, and working with employers and employees to solve
problems and improve performance.
Whether you're an employer or an employee you
can get free advice from this website or by calling our telephone
helpline. Employers might also be interested in our more
specialised services, including training, workplace projects,
conciliation and mediation.