Government Slammed For Removing Protections For Transgender Children

After the decision of the Department of Education (DfE) to remove the protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity from its guidelines on teaching the national curriculum, LGBT campaigners gave utterance to their disagreement.

Section 4.2 of the previous issue of the DfE’s Draft National Curriculum document, published in February 2013, said: “Teachers should take account of their duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion or belief.”

The last time the document was issued things changed and it referred only to “disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation” without mentioning anything about gender and gender identity.May be you will need some Health and Safety Policies for your business.

In the words of a spokesperson for the DfE told Gay Star News teachers knew what pupils wanted and should be able to respond to their needs.

One of the people who said they were against the changes was Zoe Kirk-Robinson, from Conservative LGBT group LBGTory. She said in her opinion the term “sex” did not include gender identity.

She added that the vulnerable transgender children would not feel protected anymore.

In fact they need to be protected better otherwise they would continue experience difficulties at school.

Educational academic Natacha Kennedy said: “I have encountered systematic transphobia on the part of many schools, and consequently there appears to be two default positions for trans children in most schools: fearfully hiding in the closet, and consequently underperforming academically, or out as trans and bullied out of school.”

In her view UK educational system should not erasure trans people from the National Curriculum.

Survey Reveals Vast Gulf In Bonuses Received By Men And Women

A recent survey showed that when talking about bonuses women receive twice less than men at the same positions.

XpertHR held a research among 43,000 UK workers due to which the bonuses for the last 12 months of female managers are averagely £3,029. On the other hand, men working in similar positions have received about £6,442 each.

The differences were huge between the average bonuses of men and women in higher positions. Here males receive £63,700 and females only £36,270 which is a difference of about 76%. Download employment document templates drafted by UK solicitors.

This means that over the course of a career a man would earn £141,500 more than his female counterparts.

After the evidence found by this survey at entry level women earn £989 more than men but at middle-management level again men are winners with £1,760 more. At directory level the gap becomes much bigger with difference of about £15,561.

According to Ann Francke from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the organisation which supported the survey, such a disparity should not exist in modern times.

“Equal pay has been around for 40 years as law but we are still not there,” she said, referring to the Equal Pay Act 1970. “We are at the bottom of the tree, not the top – and that is quite shocking.”

In her opinion if women had more access to higher positions businesses would develop better and faster.

Figures of Boardwatch UK showed that the number of women on the boards of organizations this year has fallen for the first time since 1999.

The shadow minister for women and equalities said she was quite disappointed by these figures as women were as a whole getting only three quarters of the pay that male executives received, half of the money the receive as bonuses and despite this their number was still falling.


Theresa May Accused Of Cover-Up Over Immigration Report

After it became evident that parts of a report into British border controls were hidden The Home Office was accused of covering these up.

Home Secretary Theresa May on her own redacted 15 sections of the report between the UK and France. These include statements of staff and managers in Calais on the insufficient amount of money allotted on resources. There was also a section describing the ‘Lille loophole’, because of which there were UK-bound Eurostar passengers who did not go thorough immigration checks.

The partial censoring of the report is thought to have happened because of the desire of Mrs. May to hide her mistakes.

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, said:

“This cover-up and the failure at our borders provide yet more dents in this Government’s much-tarnished credibility.”

He added he could find no other proper reason why the report had to be redacted by the highly-respected independent inspector. If you are concerned about employing immigrants from other countries, check our employment document templates

The opinion of UKIP leader Nigel Farage is that Home Office should in no way censor reports considering the operations of border security. As this has already happened this means that there is something they were most probably trying to hide.

The parts of the report which remained uncensored showed that illegal immigrants at Calais were taken no photographs or fingerprints because there were not enough cells where to detain them.

Another thing revealed by this report was that the Border Force, stationed at ports and airports, do not hand out the maximum fines to drivers and firms transporting illegal immigrants.


A Million Workers Could be on Zero-hours Contracts

Last week information was published from the Office for National Statistics according to which the number of the workers in the UK who work on zero-hours contracts is 250,000. On the other hand, a research pointed out that these are over a million. Due to these zero-hours contracts workers have to be ready to work whenever they are called but at the same time they do not have any hours guaranteed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CPID) carried out a survey and the results of it showed that 3-4% of the 1,000 employers who took part in the quiz were employed on zero-hours terms.

Figures also point out that these zero-hours contracts are most frequently found in the voluntary and public sectors. Most of the employees who work in the hotel, catering and leisure sectors have either worked or have friends who have worked at zero-hours contracts.

Fourteen percent of those 148 working on zero-hours contracts shared their employers did not give them enough work so that they could not live normally.

CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese said:

“Zero-hours contracts, used appropriately, can provide flexibility for employers and employees and can play a positive role in creating more flexible working opportunities.”

However, he added that people needed to be more certain in their working hours and earnings.

The general secretary Dave Prentis said that these people worked on the zero-hours contracts only because they had no other option, otherwise they would definitely prefer something they could rely on. Nowadays employers are more powerful end workers have almost no possibility to complain.


Suicides Following Police Custody Reach Nine-Year High

Data supplied by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) point out that only for the last year 64 people have committed suicide within two days of release from police custody.

The number for 2011/2012 was only 39 which means that the increase is now significant.May be if these people get proper treatment and help, they could find employment, which will prevent them from commiting a suicide. We have employment document templates, which might be tailored to suit every employer`s needs.

Two thirds of those who were in custody had mental health concerns, 18 were caught because of sexual offences, and other seven have previously been detained under the Mental Health Act.

The chairwoman of the IPCC, Dame Anne Owers, said these figures showed that police is not trained enough in order to deal with people having mental health issues.

“The police are often called in to deal with acutely mentally ill people, who may be a danger to themselves or others or who may be behaving in a disturbing or strange way,” she said. “It is clearly important that they are better trained in mental health awareness.”

According to Deborah Coles, from the charity Inquest, the high number of people who took their lives after they went out of police custody was alarming.  She added that the country needed urgent changes in the national strategy towards those with mental problems. This is the only way, which would change police culture and practice.

IPCC, on the other hand also released information that less people have died in police custody compared to the years since 2004. Another thing mentioned was that there were no fatal police shootings.

Despite this, the number of people who have died during police pursuits is large. Out of 30 road traffic fatalities 26 people lost their lives in police pursuits.


Clegg Announces Youth Employment And Training Review

According to Nick Clegg, British youth is not well-prepared for working life so “urgent action” need to be taken. While speaking at the CBI annual dinner he shared his view that those who leave school do not know exactly what to do with their lives.

From data of the 2012 wage subsidy scheme, almost 1.65 million 18-24 year olds had not taken active part in the economy of the country.

Clegg pointed out that Britain’s youth needed such reforms so that they help them with their skills, training and employment support.

The aim of this review is to simplify a system which most people said was too difficult to understand.

This system managed to confuse even businesses.

CBI announced the number of initiatives for employers in England was too big and due to this many employers lost their way. Of course, there are some who succeed in orientating and finding the proper way in the 47 different initiatives.

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson also shared his opinion that youth unemployment should not be that high. Current figures show that the jobless young people in the UK are just under one million. About 5 million businesses operate in the UK and in case all of these had created at least one new job the problem could be solved.

A proposal came from shadow education secretary Steven Twigg after which youngsters who have been economically inactive for a year need to be guaranteed job places.

This review is going to be shown to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister this autumn.


Jobseekers Bring Legal Challenge Over Retroactive Legislation

Despite a court judgement, benefits rebates were blocked to a quarter of a million so three jobseekers decided to challenge this application of the law.

According to them Duncan Smith has breached the European convention on human rights as he pushed through the legislation.

This made jobseekers work for free or face having their benefits stopped. Jobseekers, who submitted many job application forms, decided to complain so while the government’s plan was being investigated it was announced to be in breach with the law.

After the final decision of court appeared and government was said it had to pay the denied benefits to most of the jobseekers, it rushed a bill which had to make their actions legal and allow them to avoid “paying back money to people who didn’t do enough to find work”.

However, the government’s move was stopped because solicitor group Public Interest Lawyers, representing three jobseekers, announced it violated human rights.

In their opinion, what the government was trying to do was to retroactively alter the interpretation of a previous act.

In the opinion of Tessa Gregory of Public Interest Lawyers the denial of the government to take into consideration the jobseekers’ claims asking for their benefits, not only did act against the court ruling but also breached the right of the jobseekers.

“It interfered in an ongoing judicial process and deprived our clients of their right to claim back what was wrongly taken from them. Contrary to the assurances Iain Duncan Smith gave parliament, the legislation is not compatible with the Human Rights Act and it is in clear breach of EU law.”


Portas High Streets still Struggling

The number of the occupied retail units of ten out of the 12 government-funded “Portas Pilot” towns has fallen.

The government had awarded them £1.2m and access to the retail guru Mary Portas.

The results from the High Street Innovation Fund one year later point out that only in seven towns the number of shop vacancies has gone down, but more shops overall have closed than opened.In this case may be we need to prepare special employment contract templates, which will feature such a clause.

The 12 pilot areas are Bedford, Croydon, Dartford, Greater Bedminster, Liskeard, Margate, Market Rasen, Nelson, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Stockport, Stockton-on-Tees and Wolverhampton.

The initial idea of the “Portas Pilots” was to make people get back to their local shops.

Signs of improvement were noticed only in Bedminster and Margate.

Local traders from Stockton-on-Tees shared that their businesses would most probably be gone by the time the funding is being spent.

Director Matthew Hopkinson said: “If more shops close than open, then that’s when you start to see the decay of the High Street and also a rise in vacancy rates.”

The Local Data Company carried out the research.

It showed that shoppers were in fact confused by the rapidly changing environments on the High Streets so they usually did not come back.

The number of vacant shops has fallen in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Liskeard, Bedminster, Margate, Dartford, Bedford and Wolverhampton.

Mary Portas told You and Yours: “There is no simple solution to the crisis on our High Streets. There are no quick fixes but 400 towns up and down the country are working on different plans to try and reinvigorate their High Street.”


Unemployment in the UK fell in the Last Three Months

The number of jobless people has fallen by 14, 000 and the number in work rose by 154,000.

Those who claimed Job-seeker’s Allowance in January are with 12,500 fewer than before.

The total number of employed people in the UK is 29.73 million only 27% of which are working part-time.

Researches showed that the unemployment rate was in the previous quarter 7.9% and now it is 7.8%.

Work and Pension Secretary lain Duncan Smith told BBC: “Economically inactive people who are not available for work, that’s now at the lowest level since the early Nineties”.

He told people to put themselves at the place of Frenchmen, Spaniards or Greeks and consider again if these nations do not want to be in the position in which the UK is now.

Talking about the payment ONS admitted “there continues to be a cut in the real value of pay”.

The answer of the, Labour’s shadow work and pensions Secretary Liam Byrne was that still more than five people were chasing every vacancy.

“Youth unemployment has risen yet again, back towards the million mark, the number of women out of work has gone up and long-term unemployment is still far too high.”

A year earlier, the weekly earnings excluding bonus payments and before taxes used to be £439 and in December 2012 they were £445.

John Philpott, director of the Jobs Economist, said that “The economy is producing the same amount of output with far more people – that is called falling productivity.”

The percent of unemployed people aged between 16 and 24 has risen from 20.5%, in the three months to November to 20.8%.

The chief executive at the Prince’s Trust, Martina Milburn, said she regretted that youth unemployment was back on the rise again.

“It’s now four years since the start of the recession and many young people have been left with nothing but a four-year gap on their CV.”

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