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Clarification from Equalities Minister on the aims of the Red Tape Challenge

Lynne Featherstone, Minister for Equalities has recently released a statement to reassure stakeholders that the inclusion of the Equality Act 2010 on the Red Tape Challenge website does not mean that the Government wishes to abolish it.

Protect equalities and take the Red Tape Challenge

As discussed in a prior blog post, the aim of the Red Tape Challenge website is to seek your views on the ways in which to, primarily, rid business of the burden of regulations and the bureaucracy associated with them.  

Beat the Red Tape Challenge

The UK Government are asking businesses, organisations and the public to take part in the Red Tape Challenge.

Record four female directors at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is underway and this year there are four female directors in the running for the Palme d'Or . Last year there were none.

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This week there are a couple of events to highlight for May, including a conference about the challenges of promoting equality during hard economic times and details of the WiSE Conference.

New paternity regulations have come into force

The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 came into force on 3 April 2011 and mean that fathers* are now entitled to up to six months’ paternity leave on top of the two weeks to which they are currently entitled.

Skills shortages in Scotland's energy sector.

Scottish Power have warned of skills shortages facing Scotland's energy sector. They have estimated that 80% of its engineers are due to retire in the next 20 years.

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This week we have events from the UKRC and a link to the UK Government's consultation on 'Strengthening Women's Voices in Government.'

European Court of Justice ruling on gender and pension costs

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that insurance companies will no longer be able to use sex as a factor to determine premiums. 

Lord Davies Review: Women on Boards

Emma Ritch from Close the Gap has provided some comments on Lord Davies Review on Women on Boards published today, 24 February 2011. The comments are summarised below.

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This week we have events listed from Engender, WINNET8 and the UKRC and some news items on the 'glass ceiling.'

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This week there is news on skills shortages, guidance from the EHRC and details of an event organised by WINNET8, a partnership project linking Scotland with Europe in tackling occupational segregation.

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This week we have the Scottish Women's Budget Group reponse to the Draft Budget, more on Andy Gray the Sky presenter and news from Women in Technology.

Economics of Occupational Segregation: a free one-day course.

Occupational segregation, when women and men are clustered into certain occupations, is a significant cause of the gender pay gap in Scotland. Public sector bodies in Scotland have a duty to take action on occupational segregation as part of their work to bring about equal pay. Occupational segregation is one of two gender priorities identified by Scottish Ministers as part of the gender duty on the public sector. It is also recognised to be a barrier to economic productivity.

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Welcome to Close the Gap weekly. Here you will find a round up of events, news, latest research and consultations. This week we have news and events from Engender, Scottish Government and the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET.

'Edwardian' maternity leave to be able to be shared with fathers* under new proposals

The UK Government has announced that it will be conducting a root and branch reform of existing maternity and paternity leave entitlements, to move provision away from the existing 'Edwardian' arrangements. Speaking to Demos, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, set out details of a consultation process, which would ultimately seek to allow families to divide responsibilities for baby care in the way that most suits their needs. 

Jobs for the boys...and girls?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. CSW charts progress of states to deliver on the Beijing Platform of Action on women’s equality, agreed at the 4th World Conference on Women.

Exploring gender pay gap statistics

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published the results of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) for 2010. The gender pay gap in Scotland remains at 11.9% when we compare men’s full-time earnings and women’s full-time earnings. When we compare women’s part-time earnings to men’s full-time earnings the pay gap is 33.6%. This is almost an increase of 2% from 2009.

Equal Pay Day UK

Yesterday, Tuesday 2 November was Equal Pay Day. The Fawcett Society’s campaign aims to highlight the injustice of the gender pay gap. The headline UK average pay gap of 16.4% equates to women receiving their last pay check yesterday and working for free until the end of this year.