Tag Archives: caste discrimination

Conservatives block moves to outlaw caste discrimination

eric aveburyEric Avebury has written before about the need to outlaw caste discrimination, and about the legislative processes as proposals within the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill  went through the Lords. It is therefore disappointing to learn that the campaign has suffered a serious setback. 

In 2010 the Government commissioned independent research into caste discrimination and harassment in the UK.  The summary (pdf) of that research reported that between 50,000 and 200,000 people in the UK are culturally identified as low caste. It found evidence of caste discrimination in work …

Posted in News | Also tagged | 8 Comments

Government changes its mind and makes caste discrimination illegal

The BBC reports that Vince Cable has agreed to outlaw caste discrimination after the House of Lords twice voted on an amendment incorporating it into the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

Those proposing the change argued that those considered to be of lower caste in some communities were discriminated against in employment or even at school. A government report from 2010 argued that a change in the law was the most effective way of dealing with this issue.

Liberal Democrat peer Eric Avebury has been at the forefront of the campaign to outlaw caste discrimination and has written about

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 8 Comments

Eric Avebury writes … Let’s outlaw caste discrimination

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – Lords Amendment 37

Ping Pong stage, April 16, 2013

On March 4, the House of Lords voted by a majority of 103 for a cross-party amendment to make caste a protected characteristic under equality law (via a New Clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill). This is a conscience matter and I hope all LibDem MPs will support the Lords’ New Clause, as part of our commitment to the principles of liberalism.

Peers were persuaded by a report commissioned by the Government during the passage of the Equality Act 2010. It confirms that caste discrimination is …

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 6 Comments

Eric Avebury writes … Caste discrimination in the UK

When the Equality Bill was going through the Lords in 2010, I moved an amendment with LibDem support, giving the Government power to add caste to the list of ‘protected characteristics’, making it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of caste in employment, education and the provision of services.

Baroness Thornton, the Minister dealing with the Bill for the Labour Government, accepted the amendment. But the Government decided that further research was needed, and they gave the job to the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR). It reported in December 2010 that there was indeed evidence of caste discrimination in …

Posted in News | Also tagged | 13 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarPeter Martin 27th Mar - 9:22pm
    @ David Thorpe, "QE is both regressive and negative to economic gerowth, because it shunts wealth towards the old, who spend less than the young….hampering...
  • User AvatarNick Baird 27th Mar - 9:02pm
    Amber Rudd also said this - "I know it sounds a bit like we're stepping away from legislation, but we're not. What I'm saying is:...
  • User AvatarGlenn 27th Mar - 8:41pm
    The Cambridge Apostles historically was a discussion group. Peter Shore is 13 or more years younger than the spy ring that you allude to being...
  • User AvatarSteve Comer 27th Mar - 8:41pm
    Pat - sorry you are sighing, but as one of those UK citizens in another EU country who wrote a 'heartfelt letter' to Catherine Bearder,...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 27th Mar - 8:27pm
    @ Manfarang " A hundred years ago Britain had a large Empire. Britain is no longer the world’s policeman. Involvement in far flung wars comes...
  • User Avatarfrankie 27th Mar - 7:58pm
    The survey found that the proportion of people expecting the economy to fare better over the next ten years as a result of Brexit has...