Wales committed to Equality Impact Assessments

The Welsh Public Sector will continue to carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) when developing its policies, Equalities Minister Jane Hutt said yesterday. Speaking at a Women in Public Life conference the Minister outlined the importance of carrying out EIAs to ensure all policy making and budget decisions are fair and equal. Jane Hutt said, “Whilst I appreciate… Read More »

Prime Minister to scrap Equality Impact Assessments

In his speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on 19th November 2012, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to scrap Equality Impact Assessments, regularly undertaken by government departments and other public bodies before the introduction of any policy changes, saying “we have smart people in Whitehall who consider equalities issues while they’re making the… Read More »

UK Gender pay gap falls to 9.6% in 2012

The UK gender pay gap fell to 9.6% in April 2012, according to new figures from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) published yesterday (22nd November 2012) by the Office of National Statistics. The gender pay gap – which is the difference between men’s and women’s median hourly pay excluding overtime for full-time employees – stood… Read More »

New Chair of Creative Industries Council

Nicola Mendelsohn has been appointed Industry Chair of the Creative Industries Council, a body set up to lead engagement between Government and the creative industries, it was announced today (23rd November 2012). The Council is also co-chaired by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Culture Secretary Maria Miller Nicola Mendelsohn is the Executive Chairman and partner at the advertising agency… Read More »

UKSurvey – Top Ten Companies for Race and Gender

Today, Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity, the gender and race campaigns from Business in the Community (BITC), published four unranked lists of the Top 10 best performing private and public sector organisations on the two protected characteristics of ethnicity and gender. The lists are the culmination of the UK’s most comprehensive Benchmarking Survey into how organisations are… Read More »

EU to implement quotas to get 40% women board members by 2020

Today (14th November 2012), Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights sent a tweet with the news “It’s done. The Commission has adopted my proposal for a European law so that women represent 40% of company board members by 2020”. In a statement, The European Commission outlined that “it has taken action to break the… Read More »