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How can the Equality Act be enforced outside of court?

1 December 2015


On Tuesday 1 December, the House of Lords Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability investigates different ways in which redress can be sought when breaches of the Equality Act 2010 occur; such as licensing, ombudsmen, or existing regulators as alternatives to using the courts.


Tuesday 1 December, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.20pm:

  • Marie-Claire Frankie, a solicitor for Sheffield Council, representing the National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers (NALEO)
  • Mick Martin, Managing Director and Deputy Ombudsman, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO)

At approximately 4.20pm:

  • Neil Crowther, independent consultant, formerly director of disability and human rights programmes at the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Nick O'Brien, independent consultant, former Director of Legal Operations at the Disability Rights Commission and expert in Ombudsmen

Possible questions

  • How should licensing authorities and ombudsmen take part in enforcing the requirements of the Act?
  • Do you see complaints to licensing authorities as a more accessible means for gaining redress than the courts process?
  • Is it mainly local authorities who could use licences in this way or are there other bodies?
  • Do we need a disability ombudsman?
  • Can disability be given extra emphasis within the Equality and Human Rights Commission?
  • Is reasonable adjustment too vague?
  • Is the Public Sector Equality Duty robust enough?

Further information

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