Barbara welcomed the recent announcement of the proposed Equality Bill by Minister for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman.
The Bill aims to simplify existing equality legislation by bringing together separate laws on gender, race and disability. Plans to create greater transparency will mean that public bodies will have to show how they are complying with the law on gender pay, employment of minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities. There will also be increased powers to outlaw age discrimination by companies providing goods and services.
“It is not fair that older people should be denied jobs or health services because of their age. Everyone should be entitled to equality of pay and the same access to goods and services.”
Following the launch Barbara commented:
“The Bill will also make sure that employers can increase the number of women, or people from ethnic minorities if this will help them have a staff team that reflects community and society better. This measure will help to develop greater equality in those jobs dominated by one gender or where minority ethnic groups are underrepresented.”