The British Government: Keep the Public Sector Equality Duty
Do you care about public services treating disabled people, women, black and ethnic minority people, older people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people equally? Are you or your family affected by discriminatory stop and search practices, by not being able to get into college or hospital buildings or by ‘one size fits all’ services that don’t meet your needs?
The Public Sector Equality Duty is the only law designed to tackle institutional discrimination and make sure public services meet everyone’s needs. It’s a legacy of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry which found institutional racism in the police was to blame for the botched murder investigation.
But within one year of the Equality Duty coming in to force the Government is reviewing it. We could lose the only law that challenges institutional discrimination and makes public bodies deliver services that meet everyone’s needs. Please join us in telling the Government that the Equality Duty matters!
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