Update: Discrimination Legislation review

Dear member,

During yesterday’s States meeting, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc made a statement explaining that because of the polarised response received through the discrimination legislation consultation process, the Committee for Employment and Social Security (ESS) intends to “revisit” certain crucial elements of the proposals.

The elements to be revisited include the definition of “disability” and the definition of “carer”. Also, initially at least, ESS intends to reduce the proposed grounds of protection. This re-focussing is due largely to concerns expressed by some members of the business community. Deputy Le Clerc’s explanatory note to stakeholders is attached.

The GDA Committee is obviously very concerned at this development and is seeking an urgent meeting with ESS in order to gain further clarity and assurances. The GDA’s media response to the announcement is also attached to this email.

Best wishes

Rob

Rob Platts MBE

Founder and Equality Advisor, Guernsey Disability Alliance

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2019 changes to GDA Core

Late in 2018 members voted to move to GDA Core, with our focus on:

  • Rights, Policy and Legislation – led by Dr Rob Harnish and Rob Platts MBE (socialpolicy@gda.org.gg)
  • Supported by Catherine Hall (Education) and Mike Read (Health)

In 2019 we were excited to announce funding that means our other strand, Our Voice, through the We All Matter, Eh? brand will continue for the year.  Karen Blanchford will lead the WAME projects (not GDA Core). Karen@matter.gg

2019 is an important year for seeing substantial progress in the Discrimination Legislation proposals and Equality Rights Organisation (ERO). Follow our updates in the news section at our meetings and on Facebook and Twitter.

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