The House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability has published its call for evidence and invites all interested parties to submit evidence to the Committee by 11 September 2015.
The Committee was set up to look at the provisions and implementation of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to how it serves disabled people. The Act was intended to harmonise discrimination law and strengthen the law to support progress on equality. The Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability will ask how effective this legislation is.
Comment of Baroness Deech, Chairman
"The Equality Act was intended to continue the elimination of all forms of discrimination, in particular against people with disabilities and learning difficulties. But has this happened?
"We aim to look at a wide range of areas where the law has an impact on disabled people, from how employers cater for their staff, to accessibility of buildings, to whether the enforcement of the law is being carried out as effectively as possible.
"With this call for evidence we welcome contributions from everyone who has experience of this issue: from those who have knowledge of this legislation to those who have been directly affected by it, including those with disabilities. My Committee, which brings together a wide range of experience, depends on knowledgeable people giving us the benefit of their expertise. Together we hope to make a real contribution to this important subject."
Areas of interest
Areas that the Committee will look at include:
- The achievements of the Equality Act 2010 in harmonising disability discrimination law.
- Possible gaps in the legislation affecting people with disabilities.
- Reasonable adjustment, and how well this concept is understood and implemented.
- How effective the public sector equality duty has been in practice.
- How different approaches to the law across the UK have worked.
- The division of responsibilities between Ministers and between Government departments.
- The role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in enforcing the legislation.
Written evidence must be received by 11 September 2015. The Committee has to report by 23 March 2016.
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