Non-Discrimination in Publicly Funded Services

Conference notes that some high profile media coverage of a 2008 employment tribunal judgment suggested that civil registrars were not obliged to carry out civil partnership ceremonies if that contravened their religious beliefs, despite the fact that employment tribunals do not set a legal precedent. The successful appeal against this ruling did not receive anything […]

Making Rights Real

Conference welcomes the Human Rights Inquiry undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The inquiry: 1)Assessed progress towards the effectiveness and enjoyment of a culture of respect for human rights in Great Britain; and 2)Considered how the current human rights framework might best be developed and used to realise the vision of a society […]

Rights of Asylum Seekers to Work

Conference notes the right to seek asylum is an internationally agreed human right under the Refugee Convention of 1951, which Britain signed after the Second World War, promising to provide sanctuary to those fleeing political and other forms of persecution. Conference further notes that many asylum seekers in Britain are incorrectly labelled “economic migrants” or […]

Public Services and Procurement

Conference notes the continued marketisation of services across the public sector, primarily in England, which has already created a market for services worth more than £80 billion each year. This market is often driven by the pressure to make efficiency savings and cut costs which will be made worse as the effects of the credit […]

Child Poverty

The United Kingdom has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the industrialised world. 3.9 nine million children (30%) are living in poverty. In the North West over a quarter of our children are living in poverty. In some of our communities in the North West, as many as 65 per cent of […]