ELA Response to Welsh Government consultation on draft objectives to advance equality and inclusion across Wales (2020-2024)

Date:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On 24 September 2019, the Welsh Government (WG) published draft Strategic Equality Objectives 2020-2024 for consultation, which are intended to advance equality and inclusion across Wales.

The consultation concerns a number of key long-term aims underlying the draft objectives which include:

  • Increasing the diversity of decision-makers in public life and appointments.
  • Helping Welsh public sector organisations and employers to lead the way in inclusivity and diversity. This will be measured through employment and recruitment diversity data and the WG's Annual Equality Report.
  • Putting those with protected characteristics at the "forefront of public services and public policy" by ensuring continued compliance with the public sector equality duty and specific duties under the Equality Act 2010 (see Practice note, PSED: specific duties in Wales).

Those responding to the consultation are specifically asked to consider what the greatest barriers are facing those with protected characteristics in Wales and whether the draft Equality Objectives capture and address those challenges.

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultation and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our response. We welcome applications from all members, including junior lawyers i.e. NQs to 3 PQE. The working party will be chaired by Daniela Mahapatra, Regional Representative, Wales. The consultation closes on 19 November 2019, so volunteers will need to have availability during October and early November to work on ELA’s response.

Please reply by 5pm on 4 October 2019, if you are interested in being involved.

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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