Government Seeks Views on Simplifying the Equality Act

As part of its Red Tape Challenge, the Government is seeking views on the Equality Act.

The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major pieces of legislation (including the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006) and scrapped another 100 sets of regulations in order to lighten the burden of red tape on businesses, but now the Red Tape Challenge website is asking what more can be done to simplify or deregulate equality legislation.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

“The Equality Act is here to stay. Fairness and opportunity for all remain at the heart of government. But there is always more we can do to ensure that business is not being strangled by red tape.

“This Government is committed to economic prosperity and reducing unnecessary rules and regulations. We want to hear from individuals, businesses, public sector organisations and voluntary and community organisations about how the Act is working in practice. We want to know whether the Act could be simplified, better implemented, or if certain provisions should be dropped or amended, or whether it should be kept exactly as it is.”

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced last December that the gender pay reporting measures in section 78 of the Equality Act will not be implemented. Instead, the government is working with business to encourage the publication of equality workforce data on a voluntary basis.

The Director of People and Policy at BT, Caroline Waters, has been enlisted to act as Equalities Sector Champion and is fully behind the drive to ease the stranglehold on business, while ensuring that necessary regulation remains. She will also provide expert knowledge on the issues faced by those on the shop floor and act as an intermediary between the sector and Government.



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