General Reports and Other Publications
DWP: Key findings have been published from DWP research into 'Employer responses to an ageing workforce', which aimed to examine how employers are responding to an ageing workforce, particularly in response to the introduction of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 which outlawed age discrimination in the workplace and in vocational training in October 2006.
Press release ~ 'Employer responses to an ageing workforce: a qualitative study' (DWP Research Report number 455) ~ Summary version ~ Agepositive website ~ Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (2006) ~ Equality and Diversity: Age Discrimination in Employment and Vocational Training - BERR ~ Age Legislation Factsheet (1-8) - BERR ~ Acas - Age discrimination
DWP: New research reveals that people's perceptions of ethnic minority women in the workplace are lagging behind the reality. 37% think that unemployed Bangladeshi & Pakistani women face cultural & religious barriers that prevent them from working and that 53% of people thought that white British women in work were more likely than ethnic minority women in work to have a degree.
A separate study on Pakistani and Bangladeshi women's attitudes to work & family found that attitudes are changing from one generation to next. It shows that difficulties in finding suitable childcare and flexible working arrangements act as the biggest barrier to work for ethnic minority women, in the same way as they do for women in general.
Press release ~ Ethnic Minority Employment Taskforce ~ Equal Opportunities Commission ~ 'Pakistani and Bangladeshi Women's Attitudes to Work and Family' ~ 'Moving on up? The way forward’ ~ Moving on up? Ethnic minority women at work
Ofwat: Water companies are continuing to invest to deliver environmental and water quality improvement, according to a report published by Ofwat. The Financial performance & expenditure of the water companies in England and Wales 2006-07 report provides a comparison between the industry's actual performance over the last financial year and Ofwat's expectations of when the price limits were set in 2004.
Overall investment in spending on assets (which includes maintenance & improvement schemes) is behind Ofwat's expectations for the first two years of the current price limit period. While the majority of companies are investing what is needed in most areas to maintain the standard of service consumers expect, there have been delays in delivering some improvement schemes.
Press release ~ 'Financial performance and expenditure of the water companies in England and Wales 2006-07'
CRE: The CRE has recently launched its final legacy document, 'A lot done, a lot to do: Our Vision for an integrated Britain’.
The report outlines the current state of race in the UK today, with facts & statistics relating to all aspects of British life, from young people, health and education through to employment, communities, sport and local government.
In it, the CRE sets out the challenges faced in creating an integrated society and some key steps that need to be taken to reduce pernicious inequalities, growing social segregation & declining participation. It contains specific recommendations for both government and the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
Press release ~ A lot done, a lot to do: Our Vision for an integrated Britain' ~ Commission for Equality and Human Rights
ScotGov: The independent body charged with reviewing NHS Health Board funding has submitted its final report to the Scottish Government. Ministers will now consider the detailed recommendations of the NHS Scotland Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) within the context of the forthcoming Spending Review. The earliest any proposed revisions to the Formula could be implemented is 2009/10.
NRAC was established in March 2005 to "improve and refine" the Arbuthnott Formula, which has been in use since 2000 to allocate resources to the territorial NHS Boards to cover funding for Hospital & Community Health Services and GP Prescribing.
The final report includes more than 30 recommendations, including a proposed revised formula to replace the Arbuthnott Formula, as well as other recommendations on data developments, use of formulae in funding allocations and on the future maintenance of the formula.