The Government has launched a Red Tape Challenge website and as part of this they are looking for views on the future of the Equality Act.
The Red Tape Challenge website is designed for people to let the Government know which regulations are working and which are not; what should be scrapped, what should be saved and what should be simplified. Every few weeks regulations affecting one specific sector or industry will be published on the website – from retail to hospitality to construction. And throughout the process they will be publishing the general regulations that cut across all sectors – from rules on equality to those on employment. All these regulations will be open for comments.
From 9 June – 30 June the site is open for your thoughts on the measures within the Equality Act.
The Government want to understand how the measures in the Equality Act affect you and to explore ways in which they can achieve their equality goals in a different way, focusing on reducing any burdens and bureaucracies associated with the Act and its implementation.
The Equality Act 2010 contains measures intended to prevent discrimination and ensure equal opportunities in the workplace and in wider society. Some of these protections are required by European law.
To read the Equality Act, visit: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents.
The Act brought together nine separate pieces of legislation into a single place to make the law simpler and to remove inconsistencies.
The Act also contains a number of new measures to strengthen protection in some situations.
The Government is determined to take a hard look at anything which imposes bureaucratic burdens. Fairness is important, and it is not the Government’s intention to abolish the Equality Act, but it cannot be exempt from a comprehensive look to check that burdens are not being imposed that are out of proportion to the good they seek to do.
This red tape challenge spotlight gives you the opportunity to look at all provisions in the Equality Act and tell the Government if they are too bureaucratic and burdensome for the benefit they bring, whether they could be simplified or better implemented, or if you think they should be kept exactly as they are.
For further information and to take part, visit: www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/themehome/equalities-act/.
Deadline: Thursday 30 June 2011