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Equality: from theory to action

Authors:
BAKER John, et al
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
323p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Basingstoke
Edition:
2nd ed.

This book sets out a new interdisciplinary model for equality studies. The three parts discuss the new equality agenda, putting equality into practice, and strategies for change.

Book

Equal opportunities subject profile

Authors:
GEORGHIOU Nicki, KIDNER Camilla
Publisher:
Scottish Parliament
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This subject profile provides an overview of Equal Opportunities at EU, UK and Scottish levels. Although Equal Opportunities is reserved to the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament can ‘encourage and promote’ equal opportunities. In recent years there have been a number of key changes to the UK’s equality machinery. These changes have followed on from the implementation of European Directives, and as a result there are now six equality ‘strands’; race, gender and disability are joined by sexual orientation, age, and religion and belief. Furthermore, a new Commission for Equality and Human Rights is to be established in October 2007 which will include the six equality strands. The Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission will all be dissolved.

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Rapid evidence assessment of the economic and social consequences of worsening housing affordability

Authors:
WALLACE Alison, JONES Anwen, DUFFY Steven
Publisher:
National Housing and Planning Advice Unit
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
114p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Fareham

This research review of 99 studies identified from an extensive search of the literature, considers what the impacts of housing affordability problems in the United Kingdom have been for individual households and for the economy as a whole, and what the effects on social inequalities might be. It found that issues of high affordability have yet to be overcome due to tighter lending conditions, despite a fall in the housing market. There is the suggestion that demand for, and ambitions towards, homeownership have, for many households, been unfulfilled resulting in impacts such as increased demand for social housing. Recruitment and retention problems for public services in high cost areas have emerged as staff relocate to areas with less expensive housing. The concerns regarding disparities in wealth between renters and tenants seem to be well founded, as are fears that worsening housing affordability has worsened social inequalities. Weaker demand for home ownership in the younger age groups is attributed to: high levels of student debt, delayed entry into the labour market, the need for mobility when establishing a career, delays in starting a family, and a consumerist lifestyle. But young people remain committed to home ownership in the long term and, for some, family support has become increasingly important. Consequently access to homeownership is increasingly becoming accessible only to those whose own parents are homeowners. For some householders homeownership comes at a risk as drawing upon their housing wealth has led to arrears and repossessions. The report concludes that homeownership does produce wealth inequalities between owners and non-owners, as well as large inequalities within the tenure. Also the extent to which households with little or no housing wealth, or for those at risk marginal households in homeownership, are disadvantaged is influenced by social policy.

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Learning point 48: tackling inequalities: social policy frameworks

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This learning point was developed from an event held in Fife in June 2009. The event focused on how to tackle inequalities in a coordinated way, bringing together the three Scottish Government national frameworks to address inequalities. This learning point provides a summary of the main issues, lessons and learning identified by participants at the event, as well as capturing the key lessons from presentations and workshop discussions.

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Department for Work and Pensions: Secretary of State report on disability equality

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department for Work and Pensions
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
108p.
Place of publication:
London

This report outlines progress towards disability equality made by public authorities in policy sectors led by the Secretary of State in the fields of employment, child poverty, paying benefits, later life, disability equality and health and safety.

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Disability equality schemes: the three-yearly review

Author:
EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Publisher:
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
Manchester

This publication explains the review, the deadline, the purpose of revision, what it involves, what should be included, where further information can be got, what to do if a single scheme has already been developed and the significance of the Equality Bill.

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Equal opportunities subject profile

Authors:
GEORGHIOU Nicki, KIDNER Camilla
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Parliament
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
16p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This subject profile provides an overview of equal opportunities at EU, UK and Scottish levels. Although equal opportunities is reserved to the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament can ‘encourage and promote’ equal opportunities. At UK level, anti-discrimination legislation covers equal pay, sex discrimination, race and disability. There are also regulations which protect against discrimination in employment and goods and services on the grounds of sexual orientation and religion or belief. On the ground of age there is protection from discrimination in employment. The Equality Act 2006 established the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) from October 2007. The CEHR will have an office in Scotland, a Scottish Commissioner, as well as a Scotland committee. The Scotland committee will be able to set priorities for and oversee the work of the CEHR in Scotland.

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Using evidence to mainstream equalities in regeneration

Author:
LOOTS Fran
Publisher:
Communities Scotland
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
53p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The purpose of this document is to provide practical examples drawn from work in Scotland of how equalities can be mainstreamed into regeneration work. It is intended for use by Communities Scotland Area teams as a practical support to their work with Community Planning Partnerships in mainstreaming regeneration work. It is an illustrative document which signposts some of the key issues to consider when taking equalities forward in regeneration. This document gives practical examples in the following four areas; the strategic context; analysis of need; targeting; outputs and outcomes based on national priority areas for action.

Journal

Equal Opportunities Review

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Communities Scotland equality strategy: draft for consultation

Author:
COMMUNITIES SCOTLAND
Publisher:
Communities Scotland
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
20p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

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