Fairness and Equality

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    The crisis in social care is connected to the gendered inadequacy of labour law

The crisis in social care is connected to the gendered inadequacy of labour law

Lydia Hayes writes that social care is a feminist issue. Highlighting some of the appalling conditions that care workers tolerate, she explains how employment law fails to protect women’s employment and to value feminised labour. She concludes that unless social care provision is revolutionised, women will have little choice but to serve as unpaid carers: stuck at home, excluded […]

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    The myth of a post-racial society: white privilege is still being perpetuated in English schools

The myth of a post-racial society: white privilege is still being perpetuated in English schools

English schools still have a problem with racism, writes Kalwant Bhopal, and explains that, in spite of legislation aimed to address inequalities, schools have no legal obligation to record racist incidents. As a result, rhetoric of inclusive policy-making only serves to reinforce white privilege within the school space.

“Black boy tied to lamppost and whipped at school’s mock slave auction […]

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    Critical actors and abortion law: a group of individuals in Northern Irish politics obstructs change

Critical actors and abortion law: a group of individuals in Northern Irish politics obstructs change

There are various reasons why progress on legal abortion in Northern Ireland has been blocked over the years. Key among them is that individual politicians rule out any suggestion of change, writes Jennifer Thomson. She argues that more attention should be given to the actions of individual actors, considering their role can often be as important as that of […]

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    What can England learn from the German approach to long-term care funding?

What can England learn from the German approach to long-term care funding?

There’s much England could learn from German long-term care funding, argue Caroline Glendinning and Mathew Wills. They explain how, over the past two decades, Germany has rolled out a universal and equitable funding model, supported by both main political parties.

Over the past decade there have been growing calls for reform of social care funding. Following numerous Commissions, Inquiries, and […]

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    Expanding opportunities at school level in England is a government priority in name only

Expanding opportunities at school level in England is a government priority in name only

Inequality and low levels of social mobility are pressing issues for England’s education system. Anne Beauvallet traces the actions of British governments to expand opportunities among pupils. She argues that while there has been continuity in the stated objectives of education secretaries since 2010, key projects have never actually been rolled out, while policy design has ignored the fact that changes […]

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    Lady Hale: Simply hoping that the women will ‘trickle up’ has not been good enough

Lady Hale: Simply hoping that the women will ‘trickle up’ has not been good enough

Does it matter in a case if the judge is a man or a woman? If it does, why are there still so few women in the upper ranks of the judiciary? Would mandatory quotas help address the over-representation of men in public life? Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court and the first woman to have held this […]

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    Gender equality in local government: what difference does legislation make?

Gender equality in local government: what difference does legislation make?

Freya Johnson Ross examines the influence of legislation on gender equality practice in local government since the 1980s. She draws on council documents and interviews with council workers to explain that the impact has been a positive one, but argues that the law is only part of the solution.

What difference does legislation for gender equality make, and what happens […]

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    Peter Tatchell: the diversity of modern relationships requires an alternative to marriage

Peter Tatchell: the diversity of modern relationships requires an alternative to marriage

Is it time for an alternative to marriage? Peter Tatchell argues that the set-in-stone legal framework of marriage does not take into account the diversity of modern lives. At the same time, with many relationships being just as loyal and enriching as those between people in love, there is no reason to continue restricting legal protection to the latter […]