Part 2 of the PHE’s Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups was finally published on 16 June 2020, a fortnight after Part 1. It makes for chilling reading. Continue reading
 EWHC 1554 (Admin), Bean LJ and Cavanagh J
The claimants sought unsuccessfully to challenge the approach taken by the Chancellor to the furlough scheme, arguing in particular that the exclusion of self-employed workers from entitlement to furlough payments and the restriction of payments for non-furloughed workers who could not attend work (because they were symptomatic or self-isolating) to SSP discriminated against self-employed workers contrary to Article 14 EHCR, and indirectly discriminated against women and BAME workers contrary to EU law. They also claimed that the Chancellor had failed to pay regard to the PSED in designing the scheme. Continue reading
On 2 June 2020 Public Health England released its report COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes. The report confirmed that BAME people are dying disproportionately (people of Bangladeshi origin who contract the disease being up to twice as likely as, and people from other BAME groups being up to 50% more likely than, white Britons to die), but neglected to suggest the reasons for the disparity or to make any proposals to deal with it. It has been widely criticised for this failure. Continue reading
On 29 April 2020 the EHRC issued a warning to Ofqual that its plan to use predicted grades in place of GCSE and A level examinations in 2020 ‘could deepen the existing inequality in education and put the future of disadvantaged young people at risk if not correctly implemented’ Continue reading
The Guardian reported on 19 May 2020 that charities and social enterprise employers had been informed that Treasury plans to wind down the Covid-19 furlough scheme and to end it in October did not ‘currently include an exemption for vulnerable workers’. The plan, as it was reported at that time, was for employers to fund at least 80% of furloughed workers’ wages by August, with (at present) employers being treated equally irrespective of sector or ability of staff to return for reasons of vulnerability to Covid-19. Continue reading
The Law Society Gazette reported on 19 May 2020 that SQE questions were to be reviewed for cultural bias to ensure that they do not disadvantage BAME candidates after pilots showed that white generally out-performed BAME candidates. It was reported that the SRA was seeking to recruit and train a ‘diverse pool’ of question writers and assessors. So far so unremarkable Continue reading
The EHRC has announced the launch of an investigation into “the extent to which or the manner in which” the Home Office complied with the PSED when it implemented the ‘hostile environment’ immigration measures which resulted in the Windrush scandal.