The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 – legislation which is designed to “provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all”.

Individuals can take legal action to enforce their right not to be discriminated against, mostly through employment tribunals and county courts.  The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also has duties and powers to enforce the Act and it has stated that it wishes to become a more ‘muscular’ regulator.  However, the Committee’s work in a range of areas has shown that individuals have difficulties enforcing their rights under the Act and has questioned the effectiveness of the EHRC: inquiries on pregnancy and maternity discrimination, transgender equality, disability and the built environment, workplace dress codes, older people and employment and sexual harassment in the workplace all identified widespread problems with enforcement.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 5 October 2018. Read more at: www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-committee/news-parliament-2017/enforcing-the-equality-act-launch-17-19/.    

A Health and Wellbeing Alliance project, led by Homeless Link and Win/Win Alliance involving ERSA and Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM), is supporting Public Health England (PHE)’s Health and Work team to work towards inclusive workplaces for everyone.

The project will produce resources to help employers embed good practice approaches supporting disabled people, people with long term health conditions and/or people from protected characteristic groups towards, into and to stay in work.  They are looking for examples of national and local employment support initiatives and “success stories” supporting a range of target groups.

In addition, organisers are inviting employers across the voluntary, community, social enterprise and the public sectors to join an initiative that will bring together a group who will commit to being part of a pilot programme aimed at embedding positive attitudes towards employing and supporting people with long term conditions and disabled people.  

Find out more and take part.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is carrying out a consultation on probation reform, which closes on 21 September 2018.

The MoJ is very keen to hear from the perspectives of local sector support and development organisations and the wider VCSE sector.  Take part in the consultation now and please help to spread the word amongst charities and community organisations by forwarding this information on.

Public Health England wants to hear what you think about creating healthy communities and placing communities at the heart of public health.

Community life, social connections, sense of belonging and having a voice in local decisions all contribute to health and wellbeing.  These community factors build our sense of control, resilience and wellbeing and help protect us against illness and help us maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Public Health England wants to know what you think makes a healthy community and would be very grateful if you could complete their short survey using the link below.

Take part in the survey.  The closing date for responses: Wednesday 19 September.

Deadline: 5pm on 10th September 2018

Through this round of funding, the LA7 Community Grant is targeted at assisting Third Sector Organisations who would not otherwise be able to access ESF funding for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded inactive or unemployed people to facilitate their progress towards employment.  The selection process will prioritise organisations who are not in receipt of direct funding from the Education Skills Funding Agency or the Department for Work and Pensions.
 
Grants can be made of up to £15,000 to support a range of activities aimed at assisting inactive/ unemployed and disadvantaged people to move closer to the labour market.  This project is funded through the Education Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund financing organisation and procured, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Appendix 5 – ESF National Eligibility Guidelines 2014-2020