Government under pressure to reform vital transgender laws

LGBT groups have called on the new minister for women and equalities to set a date for when key gender legislation will be reformed. Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, transgender people can have their gender identity recognised and legally changed on their birth certificates. But it means that people must go through what campaigners call ‘intrusive’ medical assessments, … Read More

Labour to address lack of diversity in British film with new tax relief rules

Labour has drawn up plans that would force film production companies to ensure gender equality and diversity on set, following fresh evidence of the slow pace of change in the movie industry. Under a future Labour government, the party announcedon Sunday vital high-end tax relief, worth hundreds of millions a year, will be made dependent on a fairer, more inclusive … Read More

Inspirational Student Up For National Diversity Award

Cameron Osbourne is a Sixth Form student at Harrogate Grammar School, he has Celebral Palsy (left sided hemiplegia) but he has never let this define him. Cameron has loved playing football ever since he can remember, he joined a local football club when he was younger however, was not accepted due to his disability which stopped him playing football so he … Read More

Army officers told promotion will depend on ‘inclusiveness’

Army officers could be passed over for promotion if they have not done enough to improve “inclusiveness and diversity” in their units. It comes as new TV recruitment adverts promote the Army as an inclusive workplace with the strapline “Find where you belong.” A newly-uncovered addition to internal Forces documents shows personnel are now judged on their efforts to make … Read More

Access to work: Funding increase for disabled workers

The maximum amount disabled people can claim to help them access employment is set to increase to £57,000 a year. This is a £15,000 – or 38% – rise from the current cap on Access to Work funding, which was introduced in 2015. The work and pensions secretary said the move was part of the government’s commitment to have one … Read More

2018: Already a Stand-out Year for Gender Equality in the UK

The year 2018 is becoming a stand-out year for gender equality here in the UK. First, our country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in 1918. This anniversary has been marked through events, speeches and celebrations. Secondly, the UK has recently witnessed one of the most interesting aspects of the 2010 Equalities Act come … Read More

Hopwood Hall College smallest gender pay gap

Hopwood Hall College has one of the smallest gender pay gaps in the Further Education sector. The College reported a median gender pay gap of 3.57%, compared to the 10% national average for Further Education colleges. Caroline Street, Hopwood Hall College Executive Director, said: “We at Hopwood Hall College are incredibly proud have reported a figure that is considerably lower than the majority … Read More

‘People with ADHD can be incredibly valuable at work’

Lack of awareness of the behavioural disorder has meant many people found it difficult to hold down jobs. But proper diagnosis and support are allowing more employees to make the most of their talents. BBC radio journalist Dan Maudsley in Salford: ‘If I hadn’t been diagnosed three years ago I would have been out of work.’ Photograph: Asadour Guzelian ‘As … Read More

Lloyds Bank wants to encourage more open conversations about mental health in the campaign that won Channel 4’s Diversity in Advertising Award.

  The ads by Adam & Eve/DDB feature celebrities including Professor Green and Jeremy Paxman, as well as members of the public and bank employees, playing a “Who am I?” sticky-note guessing game to explore misconceptions about living with mental health conditions. Channel 4 awarded £1m in free airtime to the brand for coming up with a creative ide a … Read More