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Equality Bill under scrutiny

The Public Bill Committee that held hearings reported earlier and also here, is now engaged in a clause-by-clause review of the text of the bill. The easiest way to follow their deliberations is via this page, or alternatively via TheyWorkForYou (which runs a little behind in its updating, but is more nicely formatted). To keep up with the amendments, you need to check that page.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has announced that it will also hold hearings about this bill. There is a Press Notice available here, which says:

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is considering the compatibility of the Equality Bill with the UK’s human rights obligations.

The Committee has decided to focus on a number of matters in the Equality Bill which it considers are capable of raising significant human rights issues. Further details of the Committee’s concerns are contained in its letter of 2 June 2009 to the Solicitor General Vera Baird QC MP:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/Baird_Equality020609.pdf

During its recent review of its working practices, the Committee agreed that it would be helpful to engage relevant stakeholders in its legislative scrutiny work. Submissions of no more than 1,500 words on the human rights compatibility of this Bill are therefore requested by 17 June 2009…

Separately, the Government Equalities Office has launched a consultation on specific public sector equality duties. As explained on this page:

On Thursday 11th June 2009, a consultation document setting out policy proposals for the specific public sector equality duties was published. The closing date for comments is 30 September 2009. Please click below to view the document:

* Specific Duties Consultation Document

There is a lengthy press release which gives more background to this.

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Are there any plans for Thinking Anglicans to discuss the inequality in the treatment of British pensioners who have moved abroad, either before retiring or after retiring. Half of them receive the pension they paid into the National Insurance Fund for, including annual indexing. The other half have their pensions frozen the minute they arrive (or retire) in certain countries (Australia is one country where pensions are frozen) even if they have also paid into the National Insurance Fund. The only difference between freezing and not freezing is the place where they retire. This is blatant inequality, is it not!… Read more »