Equality Law Project

<p>The Equality Law Project aims to support frontline organisations to understand and use the Equality Act 2010.&nbsp; It will do so by:</p>
Supporting frontline organisations to comply with equality law; and</li>
Supporting frontline organisations to hold public authorities to account under equality law (health, education and criminal justice).</li>
<p>The Equality Act 2010 is the most fundamental overhaul of UK antidiscrimination and equality law.&nbsp; Its two main purposes are to 1) harmonise discrimination law and 2) strengthen the law to support progress on equality.&nbsp; The Equality Act has significant implications for frontline organisations and statutory bodies working within the voluntary and community sector.</p>
<p>The Act has come at a time when localism and Big Society agenda require citizens to be &lsquo;active&rsquo; in influencing and shaping local priorities and services.&nbsp; In order to effectively represent and provide services to black, minority ethnic &amp; refugee (BME&amp;R) populations within this political context, frontline organisations must have a better understanding of the rights and opportunities as well as the obligations under the Equality Act.</p>
<p>Over the next two years the project will deliver training to 300 frontline organisations on the Equality Act, including holding public authorities to account under the <a href="http://www.rota.org.uk/content/public-sector-equality-duty-psed">Public Sector Equality Duty</a>; gather statistics on race equality in the service areas of health, education, and criminal justice; develop FAQ pages; and support frontline organisations to hold public authorities to account in service delivery and the commissioning of services for BME&amp;R populations.</p>
<p>Follow us on our website and on twitter for updates on upcoming events / training; law and policy and to learn from each other&rsquo;s experience.</p>
<p>For further information please contact Poornima Karunacadacharan&nbsp;<a href="mailto:poornima@rota.org.uk">poornima@rota.org.uk</a>.</p>
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Resident voices: How do we get social housing management right?

Since the disastrous fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, serious questions have been raised about whether social housing residents are adequately involved in decisions which affect their homes. The London Assembly Housing Committee is investigating how social housing residents are involved in the management of their homes across London.

Our Senior Policy Officer, Poornima Karunacadacharan, spoke on the 'Legislative duties and gaps - what change is needed to protect all residents', at the meeting which took place on 24th May 2018.

Webcast of meeting is available to watch...Read more

BMER Young People Together for Employment Rights

Workshop 2: Aik Saath, Slough

More than a third of BMER workers in the UK have faced bullying, abuse and racial discrimination by employers, while BMER young people in particular are much more likely to be underemployed and to find themselves in precarious employment (such as zero hours contracts) subject to short-notice hour-reductions. These worrying facts together with the fast-rise of increasingly complex and devious employment practices have informed our objective to address the knowledge-gap BMER young people face upon entering employment and to provide them with the tools to empower themselves and their...Read more

Social Housing (Grenfell)

The devastating fire at Grenfell Tower has cost at least 80 lives, destroyed livelihoods and traumatised survivors. It has exposed the stark inequality in housing provision in Britain, with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and migrants bearing the brunt of this injustice. Holding those responsible to account is vital.

Employment Rights

ROTA's Employment Rights project aims to empower BMER communities to come together and find ways of combating workplace exploitation and discrimination through awareness raising, generating discussion, and demonstrating the power of collective action. Through a series of events bringing together various agents such as legal experts, Trade Unions, community representatives, and grassroots organisations, the project seeks to address the inequalities BMER people face in the workplace as well as the knowledge-gaps and uncertainties produced by Brexit and changing employment practices.

New Online Search Tool for Free Employment and Anti-discrimination Legal Support

ROTA has developed a new online employment and anti-discrimination (Equality Law) legal support ' Search Tool ' and we invite you to start using it now and to send us your feedback . You can use our searchable database to support your clients to find free legal advice and representation within local communities across the South East.

Try the new Search Tool now

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Education Project

What is the difference between a formal and an informal exclusion?

We have discovered that there is little awareness amongst young people and their parents on the difference between formal exclusions, which are legal, and informal exclusions, which are not.  In brief, these are the differences:

At the Intersections of Race and Class conference

On 20th November 2017, ROTA held a one day conference to explore multi-disciplinary approaches to tackling inequality at the intersections of race and class. At the conference we heard from legal experts on the domestic and international legislative framework protecting socio-economic rights. In addition to this, speakers also included those who have successfully used collective action as a means of ensuring access to justice and enforcing socio-economic rights. This was an interactive conference bringing together academics, lawyers, campaigners and the voluntary and community sector....Read more


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