Just Fair’s Submission to the Women and Equalities Committee: ‘Enforcing the Equality Act: The law and the role of the EHRC’ Inquiry

The socio-economic duty offers a powerful lever to reduce the damaging gaps that harm us all. Equality defines a fair society. It should not be a postcode lottery. We urge the Women and Equalities Committee to consider recommending the Government to bring to life the socio-economic duty (Section 1) and the remaining uncommenced clauses, in…

Local authorities are paving the way to tackling inequality

By Koldo Casla This article was originally published by LGiU, the local democracy think tank. The Equality Act 2010 was a major step forward. It protects against direct and indirect discrimination in public services and harassment in the private sphere, including the workplace. Nine characteristics are protected within it: Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and…

Could the socio-economic duty be a way to reduce inequalities in the UK?

This piece was published in UKSSD blog. (Image credited to UKSSD) The UK Government committed to reducing inequalities through Sustainable Development Goal 10. Three years later things aren’t on track but is the socio-economic duty the solution we need? Koldo Casla from Just Fair explains.  By signing up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in…

Tackling Socio-economic Inequalities Locally

Just Fair report on Good practices in the implementation of the socio-economic duty by local authorities in England. The extent of wealth and income inequality is of widespread concern in England; yet there is no national policy agenda focused specifically on tackling disadvantage caused by socio-economic inequality, whether by reducing poverty or promoting inclusive growth. Since…

The duty on public authorities to reduce socio-economic inequality needs to be brought into force

This article was written by Koldo Casla and Jamie Burton and published in Legal Action Magazine. In December 2017, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced its own inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster (Following Grenfell: the human rights and equality dimension – statement from the Equality and Human Rights Commission). Unlike Sir Martin…

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The government are ignoring their obligation to measure inequality – parliament must compel them to do so

This article was featured on Labour List: The UK is one of the most economically unequal countries in the  developed world, and tax, public spending and social security policies in the austerity years only worsened the problem. Since 2010, the Labour Party has examined the impact of tax and social benefits on different groups. The model developed…

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Guardian letter after the resignations from the Social Mobility Commission

This letter was published in The Guardian: Theresa May has the perfect opportunity to “bequeath a society that truly works for the many and not the few” by bringing into force the socioeconomic duty (section 1 of the Equality Act). This essentially requires effective and transparent policies to tackle socioeconomic inequality. “When making decisions of a…

Ask your MP to support EDM 591 to bring the Socio-economic Duty to life (in 4 or 5 easy steps)

Find out who your MP is. You only need to know your postcode.   Check here if your MP is supporting the Early Day Motion 591 to bring the Socio-economic Duty to life. If they are in the list, great! You don’t need to do anything else.*   If they are not in the list,…

The socio-economic duty: a human rights remedy against austerity and inequality

This post was published in the blog of The Baring Foundation The Scottish government is currently consulting on the implementation of Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010, which would require public bodies to consider when making decisions how they would reduce the equalities of outcome resulting from socio-economic disadvantage. Just Fair is one of the organisations leading the #1forEquality campaign…