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Launching the Equality Bill

Monday, May 23, 2005

The Equality Bill has been re-introduced into the House of Commons to tackle discrimination and promote equality in society, it was originally published in March 2005 but ran out of parliamentary time. The Bill follows wide-ranging consultation with those involved in promoting equality and tackling discrimination, including equality and human rights organisations, business, trade unions and public bodies.


 


Deputy Minister for Women and Equality, Meg Munn said:


 


"Discrimination and inequality have no place in modern Britain. The new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will give individuals and employers the support and advice they need to tackle inequality. The expertise of the Commission will help ensure that no one has to suffer discrimination, prejudice and inequality."


 


The CEHR would bring together the work of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission and would put expertise on equality, diversity and human rights under one roof. The new body would also have responsibility for the new equality areas of age, religion and belief and sexual orientation and would work to promote human rights.


 


The Equality Bill would also include new powers to outlaw discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and create a duty on public authorities to promote equality of opportunity between men and women and prohibit sex discrimination in the exercise of public functions.


 


The Equality Bill would:


* establish the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) and to define its purpose and functions;


* make unlawful discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief in the provision of goods, facilities, services, premises, education and the exercise of public functions (subject to certain exemptions); and


* create a duty on public authorities to promote equality of opportunity between men and women (the gender duty) and to prohibit sex discrimination in the exercise of public functions.


 


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