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9 July, 2010

Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2010

New regulations issued that bring into force specified provisions of the Equality Act 2010, including provision for the Equality and Human Rights Commission to issue Codes of Practice in connection with any matter addressed in the Act.

7 July, 2010

New research highlights the impact social interventions have on health equality

However, barriers to social care services need to be addressed to enable inclusion of marginalised communitites, says Social Care Institute for Excellence.

6 July, 2010

5 July, 2010

Citizens Advice welcomes proposals for reform of Blue Badge scheme

Scheme is a vital tool in facilitating social inclusion for disabled people, says charity.

5 July, 2010

Government confirms first wave of implementation of the Equality Act to go ahead in October 2010

Regulations to be published this week will pave the way for landmark provisions to protect disabled people from discrimination and tackle the gender pay gap.

2 July, 2010

Paul Burstow, Minister of State, Department of Health, leads debate on carers in Westminster Hall

Includes announcement that Caring with Confidence programme will face early closure (column 296WH).

1 July, 2010

Joseph Rowntree Foundation responds to Law Commission Consultation on Adult Social Care

Charity supportive of general aims and focus of consultation, but believes that there are a number of issues that 'deserve greater prominence'.

30 June, 2010

Child trust fund disability payments to be redirected to provide respite breaks

Government announcement as draft regulations laid which would reduce government contributions into child trust funds from August 2010.

30 June, 2010

Scottish councils express concern over future of free care for elderly

Response to government figures showing that free care policy costs £376m a year.

30 June, 2010

Five million adults, aged 16 or over, now act as a carer

New NHS figures also show that the number caring for over 50 hours a week has doubled since 2001.

18 June, 2010

Independent Living Fund closes to new applications

Action taken to protect existing users and enable Fund to manage within allocated budgets for 2010/2011.

17 June, 2010

Counsel and Care publishes new guides for older people, families and carers

Information updated to reflect changes in legislation and policy affecting older people over the last year.

16 June, 2010

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group calls for tightening of draft ‘Right to Control’ regulations

Provision of good information and support is essential to give disabled people the best chances.

15 June, 2010

Welcome for EHRC’s inquiry into disability related harassment

Disabled people are more likely than the wider population to experience targeted violence or hostility, says Citizens Advice.

14 June, 2010

76% of carers don’t have a life outside of their caring role says Carer’s UK

New research issued to launch Carers Week shows that, despite saving the UK £87 billion per year, most carers have had to give up leisure and social activities.

14 June, 2010

Equality and Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on disability related harassment

Inquiry launched into whether public bodies and transport providers are fulfilling obligations to prevent harassment.

10 June, 2010

Labour MP, Clive Beggs, elected Chair of Communities and Local Government Select Committee

MP for Sheffield South East will chair the Select Committee overseeing government policy on issues including housing, regeneration, social exclusion and local government.

7 June, 2010

Care Quality Commission consults on revised enforcement policy

Document sets out principles to be utilised in using powers in the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

1 June, 2010