‘Racism In The Classroom. An Alternative Inquiry Into Education in London’ was published by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) in October 2012.
The aim of the publication is to ‘highlight the continuing impact of race inequality on education’.
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched a consultation on measuring child poverty on 15 November 2012.
This consultation asks how we can best reflect the reality of child poverty using a multidimensional measure.
A number of potential dimensions are proposed: income and material deprivation, worklessness, unmanageable debt, poor housing, parental skill level, access to quality education, parental health and family stability.
The consultation closes on 15 February 2013.
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On 19 November 2012, David Cameron gave a speech to the CBI conference about ‘plans to help British business thrive’, in which he said ‘we are calling time on Equality Impact Assessments’.
The speech refers to proposals for:
- Cutting back on judicial reviews
- Reducing government consultations
- Streamlining European legislation
- Stopping the gold-plating of legislation at home
A number of Equality and Diversity Forum member organisations and others have responded, criticising the Prime Minister’s comments.
Click here for link to speech (as written) on the Prime Minister’s website
Click here for report on the BBC website
Click here for Disability Rights UK response
Click here for Fawcett Society response
Click here for NUS response
Click here for TUC response
Click here for response by Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP
This document provides a summary all the Police and Crime Commissioners candidates for the 5 sub-regions in the North West including a short background, their key aims/pledges as well as their contact details.
The Black and Minority Ethnic Voluntary and Community Sector Coalitiondeplore the likely decision to axe two key race equality experts from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece had to re-apply for their positions but have not been selected for interview as board commissioners. These two commissioners have long track records of tackling racism and promoting race relations.
This symbolises a reinforcement of therace policy cleansing of the Coalition Government. It has so far refused to have a specific race equality strategy and is clawing back the Equality Actrequirements to monitor for race inequality in 40,000 public authorities. The government seems to think race equality is not important even though there are huge racial differentials in almost every socio-economic area including unemployment, education, low income and poverty. Hate crime against Muslims and Minority communities persists as a blight on British values.
Simon Woolley has led Operation Black Vote for many years and has campaigned over decades for race equality. He hasprotested about the disproportionate impact of EHRC budget cuts on the organisation's Black staff. Lady Hussein-Ece, used to lead the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats and has a lifelong record of campaigning for better race relations.
We are calling for race equality organisations and those who value race equality to express concerns directly to the Government. We need EHRC commissioners who understand and have a track record of working on issues of race equality, we need a government that supports the aim of race equality with action and resources.
At the very least commissioners should be appointed who have the confidence of minority ethnic communities and ideally Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece should be interviewed and given clear written reasons for the ensuing decision.
Sunday 4thNovember 2pm at Manchester Jewish Museum 190 Cheetham Hill Road Manchester M8 8LW
People don’t usually associate clergymen with football clubs. So you may be surprised to hear that some famous English clubs were started, or strongly influenced, by clergymen. These men were not after fame or fortune. Their goal was to promote the spirit of fun, friendship and fair play in the game.
Among the clubs that owe their birth to clergymen are Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham, Barnsley and Swindon while clergymen played a prominent role in the early days of Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton.
Want to find out more? Come to the Museum and Peter Lupson will tell you all about it!
FREE with Museum admission
Twenty cities and their wider areas will be given the opportunity to bid for radical new powers to boost local growth, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Cities Minister Greg Clark will announce today.
The second wave of ‘City Deals’ invites twenty cities and their wider areas to compete for deals that would see Government devolve powers in exchange for responsibility for delivering growth locally. Cities from the successful first wave of deals secured groundbreaking powers including the ability to ‘earn back’ tax from the Treasury, devolved transport budgets and control of the skills budget for their city.
The first wave saw deals struck with England’s eight largest cities, with final sign off by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, and city leaders in July 2012. Today’s announcement is aimed at the next fourteen largest cities and their wider areas and the next six with the highest population growth between 2001 to 2010. These are:
- the Black Country;
- Brighton and Hove;
- Greater Cambridge;
- Coventry and Warwickshire;
- Hull and Humber;
- Leicester and Leicestershire;
- Milton Keynes;
- Greater Norwich;
- Preston and Lancashire;
- Southampton and Portsmouth;
- Stoke and Staffordshire;
- Sunderland and the North East;
- Swindon and Wiltshire; and
- Tees Valley.
Following the Chancellor's announcement of a new 'employee owner' status on 8 October, we have today launched a consultation on how Government can successfully implement this new employment status.
This new status will give businesses greater choice about the contracts they can offer to individuals, whilst ensuring appropriate levels of protection are maintained.
Under this new status, employee owners will receive shares between £2,000 and £50,000 which will be exempt from capital gains tax. Employee owners will have the same rights as current employees excluding unfair dismissal (except where this is automatically unfair or relates to anti-discrimination law), certain rights to request flexible working and training, and statutory redundancy pay. Individuals will also need to give longer notice to return from maternity leave or adoption leave.
This consultation seeks views on how the Government will implement the employee owner status in practical terms. Through this consultation we would also like to understand the implications for employers, individuals, and the labour market in general. In particular we wish to ensure there are no unintended consequences.
The consultation will run from 18 October and closes on 8 November.
A link to the consultation can be found here:
West Together We Can, supported by Our Life, has launched a new Community
Empowerment Award to reward community projects that have made a positive
difference in their communities over the last 12 months in the North West.
You can find out more about the Award and download the Application
Form by going to: http://www.nwtwc.org.uk
The closing date for receipt of applications will be Friday 16th
will be celebrating all the entries and the winners at a Free Awards Event
on Wednesday 12 December 2012, from 12.30 –
4pm (Registration and buffet lunch 12.30- 1.30) at Manchester Metropolitan
Campus, hosted by the Community Audit and
Evaluation Centre, Faculty of Education, MMU.
We will be welcoming our Guest Speaker,
Pam Warhurst CBE, Chair of the Forestry Commission and founder member and now
secretary of Incredible Edible, in Todmorden. You can register to
attend our Awards Event by going to: www.nwtwc.org.uk/events.
For more information please contact Eve
Davidson, NWTWC, email: email@example.com
The elections set to take place for Police and Crime Commissioners in November 2012, signal a major policy shift pointing to a transformation the way that crime is addressed locally, representing the ‘most radical overhaul of police governance in half a century.
The changes will include responsibility for identifying the crime priorities at a local level, developing a 5-year Police ‘Crime Plan’ and commissioning services. The Police and Crime Commissioners will formulate the policy plans for the police, represent the public and agree on budgets with Chief Constables.
CLINKS the national body support the involvement of the voluntary and community sector in the Criminal Justice S have produced a series of briefings on the new system. These briefings provide a helpful summary of some of the key changes that are taking pace
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