Consultation

31 May 2019 ~ Transformative policies and practices – Women’s Budget Group Commission on Gender Equality – submission deadline

2nd call for evidence:

Building on our initial call for evidence, we are now seeking examples of policies or practices which have had transformative impacts on gender equality.  By ‘transformative’, we mean policies or practices which have, in a significant way, reduced inequality between women and men. These can be policies at an organisational, local, or national level, including examples from other countries.

Universal Credit and Survival Sex: sex in exchange for meeting survival needs inquiry

The Work and Pensions Committee is calling for evidence  -  from anyone affected or with experience of this issue - about a possible link between  Universal Credit and “survival sex”. The Committee has opened this phase in its Universal Credit inquiry in response  to reports from charities and support organisations that increasing numbers of people—overwhelmingly women—have been getting involved in “survival sex” as a direct result of welfare policy changes. These include the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Child sexual exploitation by organised networks investigation

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has opened applications for core participants in its investigation into child sexual exploitation by organised networks in England and Wales. Core participants have special rights in the inquiry process, including receiving disclosure of documentation, being represented and making legal submissions, suggesting questions and receiving advance notice of the Inquiry’s report. The deadline for applications is 4pm on 27 March 2019.

Government proposes new guidance on taxi licensing to protect passengers

The Government has today (12th February 2019) launched a consultation on new rules for licensing authorities outlining how they should use their powers to protect passengers in taxis and minicabs from harm. These guidelines are intended to improve safety with enhanced safety standards for taxi and private hire vehicles, which will be consistent across the country. New safety measures proposed include recommending councils ensure every driver undergoes enhanced criminal record and background checks.

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