Final legacy publications 


In the weeks before they merged to form the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, the three legacy commissions (the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission) published several important reports. In order to give easy access to these, we have gathered them together here.

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The gender agenda - The unfinished revolution

This final report from the EOC calls for action so that our systems and institutions can catch up with the way we live so that all women and men can achieve equality.

The Equal Opportunities Commission called on the government, the business community, service providers, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to continue taking the necessary steps to enable gender equality to be achieved.

The report is available as a pdf (3MB). There is also a Scotland report, also available as a pdf (3MB).

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Disability agenda - Creating an alternative future

Published by the Disability Rights Commission, this report was produced in the hope that it will guide policy-makers across governments in the three countries of Great Britain. The Agenda’s central proposition is that a sustainable future for Britain demands levels of prosperity and productivity that can only be achieved if everyone is empowered to play an active part.

Disability Agenda is available as a pdf (517K), or a Word document (202K). There is also an easy-read version.

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A lot done, a lot to do - the CRE's vision for an integrated Britain

The CRE's final legacy document outlines the current state of UK race today with facts and 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 and declining participation.

You can download the report (pdf, 723kb). There is also a Welsh language version available.

The CRE's monitoring and enforcement report, 2005-7 (pdf, 213kb), which has been much discussed in the media, is also available.

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Closing the gap - the DRC’s formal investigation into health inequalities

In 2006, the Disability Rights Commission carried out a formal investigation into physical health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems.

A year on, the commission looked at progress in response to the recommendations made. This latest report from the reconvened inquiry panel provides full details of key recommendations for action and how the new Equality and Human Rights Commission could pursue delivery.

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Regeneration - A general formal investigation by the CRE

The Commission for Racial Equality used its official powers to hold a Formal Investigation into regeneration schemes in England, Scotland and Wales.

The report, launched on September 26, highlights the hidden human cost of regeneration schemes. Regeneration is about shaping the communities of tomorrow. It is about securing social justice and sustainable futures for all. Billions of pounds of public money are being invested to create brighter futures for some of the most deprived areas in this country. However, this investigation revealed that the communities that these schemes are affecting are not being properly involved in the process.

You can download the full report (pdf, 1.9mb), or a summary report (pdf, 249kb), or a summary report in Welsh (pdf, 877kb).

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Department of Health - A formal investigation by the CRE

In January 2007 the Commission for Racial Equality decided to commence a formal investigation of the Department of Health. The Commission concluded that the Department did not have ‘due regard’ to the Race Equality Duty in the way in which it developed policies.

The full report is available as a PDF (142kb).

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Failures by health authorities to comply with Disability Equality Duty

Institutional discrimination is still rife within the NHS because of the lack of central leadership which is failing to prevent the high levels inequality of healthcare faced by millions of disabled people according to a report by the DRC.

The DRC identified eight Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) who are failing to comply with the Disability Equality Duty which came into force in December 2006. Crucially six SHAs have been given notice that they have 28 days to provide evidence of compliance before legal enforcement action is triggered.

This report (Word document, 82KB) assesses the Disability Equality Schemes and performance of 8 of the 10 Strategic Health Authorities: North East, East of England, North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, South Central, South East Coast, South West. The London and Yorkshire and Humber SHAs have not yet produced their schemes. An assessments of the schemes revealed a number of common weaknesses across all but two SHAs:

  • Failure adequately to involve external stakeholders
  • Failure to clearly and transparently indicate how involvement had influenced the Scheme
  • Failure to develop actions across the full range of the SHA functions.
  • Failure to show how they would use the information that they gathered.
  • Failure to include a methodology for conducting impact assessments of new and existing policies and practices

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DRC legal achievements 2000 - 2007

Welcome to this special edition of the Disability Rights Commission’s Legal Bulletin

This is the twelfth and final issue, of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) legal bulletin.  The DRC closed its doors on 30 September 2007 after more than seven years of working towards equality for disabled people.  In this bulletin the DRC celebrate and reflect on the significant contribution of their legal work towards achieving the Commission’s overall aim of a society where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens.

You can download a copy of this bulletin in  Word (673kb) and PDF (568kb).

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Celebrating the journey - the DRC's impact report 2000-2007

The DRC's final impact report, Celebrating the Journey, sets out the commission's achievements over seven years. Since the DRC was established in 2000, it has informed people of their rights, used its influence to change law and policy, and used legal powers extensively and creatively to clarify and enforce the law.
The climate has changed and discrimination against disabled people has increasingly been seen as unacceptable.

You can download the Impact Report in PDF (1.3mb) or Word (334kb) format.  There is also an Easy Read PDF guide (1mb).

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