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Equality Legislation News

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) begins to assess legal compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

In February 2102 the EHRC will commence assessing the degree to which public bodies have taken steps to comply with their legal requirements under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

EU Accessibility Act 2012

"this business-friendly initiative will include binding measures to promote procurement and harmonisation of accessibility standards". This major European Union study will identify and analyse barriers to accessibility for products, services, public buildings and space, IT and communication. The Act will determine common standards across the EU based on "design for all" in consultation with other global players. The standards will be driven through procurement and regulatory measures.

The Association of Equality Scheme Providers (AESP) aim to set the agenda for equality and diversity in the 21st century.

The Association of Equality Scheme Providers (AESP) was formed as a shadow organisation in December 2009 representing the views of equality service providers at a time when government was looking to develop and impose the National Equality Framework. That concept has now dissipated as a result of the work of the AESP but the threat of government intervention has not disappeared. The AESP formally welcomed Founder Members in February 2011 and appointed a Chair.

The AESP wants to see a sustainable and transparent equality services sector in the United Kingdom. A service sector trusted and recognised as contributing to the achievement of equality in the workplace and the wider community. A service sector that benefits not hinders business. The AESP’s aim is to be recognised as the trade body providing active leadership and an authoritative collective voice for providers of schemes and other products that will help build equality into the workplace.

The AESP will do this by providing leadership on issues that have a bearing on the equality sector’s strength and image; by liaising with, shaping and influencing decisions made by Government, regulatory and other public bodies within the UK in order to benefit the members collectively, and ultimately those end users who benefit from the services and advice provided by AESP members.