Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Key provisions in Equality Act 2010 not implemented
The House of Lords Liaison Committee publishes its fourth follow-up report; The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people Follow-up report.
- Report: The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people Follow-up report (HTML)
- Report: The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people Follow-up report (PDF)
- Liaison Committee
- Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability
This report examines the progress made by the Government in the implementation of the recommendations made by the Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability in its 2016 report The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people.
In the Liaison Committee’s report Review of House of Lords Investigative and Scrutiny Committees: towards a new thematic committee structure published in July 2019, the Committee recommended that the Liaison Committee (on a case by case basis) could hold follow-up evidence sessions on a former special inquiry committee’s recommendations, followed by the publication of a report. This is the fourth occasion on which this new procedure has been used.
The Committee finds that a number of provisions in the Equality Act have not been brought into force in the 11 years since they became law. Clauses in the Act that the Committee have identified as requiring improvement or implementation include:
- Requiring all public sector organisations to apply the Public Sector Equality Duty effectively. The Committee says this is often operated as a ‘tick-box’ exercise because the requirement to have ‘due regard’ to equality issues is too weak and emphasises procedure rather than outcomes. The burden often falls on disabled people to enforce their own rights. The Committee says all public bodies should be required to implement a ‘plan of action’ for how they will meet the requirement of the equality duty.
- Access to taxis and private hire vehicles. Section 163 of the Equality Act requires licenced taxis to comply with accessibility regulations, but despite being on the statute books for more than 20 years it has never been implemented, meaning disabled people still find it hard to access taxi services. The Committee calls on the Government to implement the provision with immediate effect and to amend it to ensure it covers Private Hire Vehicles as well as licenced taxis.
- Access to sports stadia. The Committee says that the Equality Act has not given disabled sports fans the equal access to sports stadia to which they are entitled. The Act relies on individuals taking action against institutions that are not meeting the requirements and often disabled sports fans are reluctant to take action against a sports club they support. The Committee calls on the Government to introduce a Bill to give local authorities power to refuse a safety certificate to large sports stadiums that do not comply with accessible stadia guidelines.
Latest News from
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Reforms required if Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties is to be effective, report finds17/09/2021 13:15:00
The International Agreements Committee has today published a new report on Working Practices. It reflects on our experience of parliamentary treaty scrutiny and proposes further reforms to make scrutiny more effective.
Scottish renewables progress hampered by grid connection charges17/09/2021 11:05:00
The Scottish Affairs Committee calls for transmission charges and grid investment to be equally shared across the UK to help strengthen the Scottish renewables sector.
European Statutory Instruments Committee publishes fourth report16/09/2021 15:05:00
Following the Committee's meeting on Tuesday 14 September, its fourth report of Session 2021-22 has been published.
Treasury Committee publishes additional Government response to Tax after Coronavirus Report14/09/2021 11:20:00
The Treasury Committee today publishes a further Government response to its report on Tax after Coronavirus.
Climate Change – Government must listen to the public, says Business Committee Chair09/09/2021 13:05:00
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has today published the Government’s response to the BEIS Committee’s Climate Assembly UK: where are we now? report (which was published on 8th July 2021).
New inquiry into digital regulation launched08/09/2021 11:05:00
How well co-ordinated is digital regulation and do regulators have the power, capability and expertise to keep pace with developments? These are some of the issues to be explored by the Communications and Digital Committee as it launches a new inquiry.
Foreign Affairs Committee launches inquiry on UK policy towards Afghanistan03/09/2021 16:05:00
Today, the Foreign Affairs Committee launches its inquiry into the future of UK policy towards Afghanistan following the international military withdrawal.