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Equality Act Implementation

Sunday, 04 July 2010
The Government Equalities Office announced on 3 July that "the first wave of implementation of the Equality Act will go ahead to the planned October timetable" and the first commencement order is being published in Parliament this week. In the press release, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May said: "By making the law easier to understand, the Equality Act will help…

Budget June 2010

Monday, 21 June 2010
The Coalition Government's first Budget was published on 22 June 2010. It sets out a five-year plan to rebuild the British economy based on the Government's stated values of responsibility, freedom and fairness. The main provisions are summarised below: 1. Responsibility: Tackling the deficit & the fiscal mandate A fiscal mandate to achieve cyclically-adjusted current balance by the end of the rolling, five-year forecast period.…

Carers Week 2010

Sunday, 13 June 2010
An estimated 12,000 events and activities are taking place around the UK this week as part of Carers Week 2010. No life of my own: the fate of the UK’s carers ... More than three-quarters (76%) of people looking after an ill, frail or disabled loved one do not have a life outside of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers…
Response from Carers UK: Carers UK has welcomed two measures which will not be subject to legislation but are nevertheless positive – the extension of the right to request flexible working to all workers and the establishment of an independent Commission on social care. Most carers currently have the right to request flexible working but up to 79,000 do not because of the way that…
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have published a document setting out agreements reached on a range of issues. These include: the establishment of a commission on long-term care, an extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees, the phasing out of the default retirement age, a rise in the state pension age and changes to welfare to work programmes. 'The Coalition: programme…