The Labour Party included a commitment to an Equality Bill in its election manifesto. The Discrimination Law Review was established in to develop the legislation and was led by the Government Equalities Office. The review considered the findings of the Equalities Review Panel, chaired by Trevor Phillips , which reported in February Polly Toynbee wrote that the bill, which was drafted under the guidance of Harriet Harman , was "Labour's biggest idea for 11 years.
A public-sector duty to close the gap between rich and poor will tackle the class divide in a way that no other policy has This new duty to narrow the gap would permeate every aspect of government policy.
Its possible ramifications are mind-bogglingly immense. The Parliamentary process was completed following a debate, shortly after 11pm on 6 April , when amendments by the House of Lords were accepted in full.
Cognatic primogeniture for the British monarchy was instead abolished separately three years after the Equality Act came into force, with the enactment of the Succession to the Crown Act Opposition by bishops[ edit ] Although the act was never going to change the law with regard to churches from its existing position, nor change the binding European Union law which covers many more Roman Catholics than those living in the United Kingdom, and although the position had been spelled out in the High Court in R Amicus v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry ,  a small number of Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales made claims that they might in future be prosecuted under the Equality Act for refusing to allow women, married men, transsexual people, and gay people into the priesthood.
A spokesman said an exemption in the law "covers ministers of religion such as Catholic priests"  and a document released by the Government Equalities Office states that "the Equality Bill will not change the existing legal position regarding churches and employment". Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
December Certain employment is exempted from the act, including: Priests, monks, nuns, rabbis and ministers of religion. Actors and models in the film, television and fashion industries a British Chinese actress for a specific role, for instance.
Special employment training programmes aimed at ethnic minorities, ex-offenders, young adults, the long term unemployed, or people with physical or learning disabilities. Employment where there are cultural sensitivities such as a documentary where male victims of domestic violence need to be interviewed by a male researcher, or a gay men's domestic violence helpline.
Where safety or operational efficiency could be jeopardised. Political parties who use 'protected characteristics' age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation  as candidate selection criteria; though these 'Selection arrangements do not include short-listing only such persons as have a particular protected characteristic'  --other than sex,  which may still be used to prejudice selection in some circumstances e.
Local support staff who work in embassies and high commissions, by virtue of diplomatic immunity. Where national security could be jeopardised. Part 1 Socio-economic inequalities but this will not come into force  [ not in citation given ] Part 2 Equality: