“6.1 This section summarises the changes that the Committee has made to its policy proposals in response to consultation feedback received during the summer of 2019. Table 6.1 sets out the Committee’s previous proposals (that have now been superceded), the consultation feedback to which the Committee has responded and, in the right hand column, the position that the Committee is now recommending in this Policy Letter. Further explanation in respect of the changes made can be found in section 2 of the technical proposals in appendix 4.”
The States Discrimination Legislation Policy Letter (Proposals for a New Discrimination Ordinance) is on their website gov.gg
The States is due to debate the proposals for the detail of religion/belief and sexual orientation in November 2021. These two grounds are due to be part of phase 1 of the legislation which will include race, carer status and disability, which detail the States have already agreed on.
The Guernsey Disability Alliance is pleased that after twelve years of campaigning and six years of working with the government and with other stake holders, including representatives from business, that the Committee for Employment and Social security have published the long awaited Policy Letter concerning proposals for multi-ground discrimination legislation that addresses many of the concerns expressed by all sides.
The GDA however, does still have a number of questions about the proposals, but we are pleased that the Policy Letter provides a foundation on which to go forward.
We will continue to engage and address the concerns expressed by some in the business community and are confident that many of these will be addressed through the debate in the States Assembly. We also note that the Policy Letter contains proposals for a review mechanism that might help resolve any issues that have not been resolved during implementation.
You can download our media release on the Discrimination Legislation Policy Letter (6th March 2020) below