PDF icon Statement of Service | Site Map | Accessibility | Feedback

Change Text Size small · medium · largeChange Colours black_white yellow_black orange_black black_yellow

Equality North East

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill receives Royal Assent

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013, following the House of Lords vote against removal of the EHRC’s general duty and in favour of caste protection.

In a ping-pong session on 22 April 2013, the House of Lords voted against the repeal of Section 3 of the Equality Act 2006 (covering the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s general duty) and also voted in favour of making caste a protected characteristic (as an aspect of race) under equality legislation through a new clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

On 23 April, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna, tweeted that ‘Equalities Minister Jo Swinson has notified me that the Govt is u-turning on it move to repeal the EHRC’s general duty’.

The BBC reported that ‘Caste discrimination is to be outlawed in the UK, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced in what is a U-turn on previous government policy’.

Full story....

Related Links

April 29, 2013

« back

Equality North East is not responsible for the content of external websites.