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"A Disappointing Decision by the UK Government" – says Jane Hutt as new equalities guidance is published

The UK Governments decision to publish new guidance as non-statutory Technical Guidance instead of as a Code of Practice is a great disappointment, Equalities Minister Jane Hutt said today.
Tuesday 15 January 2013

Technical Guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty has been published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and gives individuals, businesses, employers and public authorities the information they need to understand the Equality Act, exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities.

Jane Hutt said:

"Whilst the publication of this guidance is welcome, the UK Government has not gone far enough due to the non-statutory nature of this guidance.  The publication of this guidance has weakened the Equality Act 2010 so I question yet again,  the UK Government’s commitment to equality.

"In Wales we are serious about equality.  We were the first Government in Britain to bring in specific equality duties as well as being the first UK Government to publish the assessment of the equality impacts of budgetary decisions.   Recently, we have undertaken our third Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Budget which allows us to ensure that the money we allocate and the policies we develop do not negatively impact on those within our communities who should be protected."

 

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