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Clps summer school   looking forward presentation

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CLPS summer school 2010 - looking forward presentation

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    • Reflecting back- Looking Forward Stuart Speeden 22 nd June 2010
      • EQUALITY
    • Looking Back
      • How shall we see the last thirteen years of government in relation to equality
      • Some progress
      • Some failure
      • Some doubt
    • Work in Progress
      • A generic legal framework for equality (with some exceptions)
      • Engagement of public sector in equality through public sector duties
      • Some progress on Equal Pay
      • Extension of rights e.g. Civil Partnerships
    • Failure
      • Inequality in income high and while there is some progress the widening gap from late 70’s and early 90’s not reversed
      • However, there remain deep-seated and systematic differences in economic outcomes between social groups across all of the dimensions we have examined – including between men and women, between different ethnic groups, between social class groups (Report of National Equality Panel 2010)
    • Doubt
      • Doubts about the effectiveness of the regulatory model in delivering the expected changes
      • Doubts about the current ‘equality model’ to deliver greater equality
      • Doubts about the ability of the public sector to deliver change
    • Equality on the agenda
      • We need to assess carefully the evidence based
      • In making the assessment the achievements may be contested but equality as a central theme of governance has been placed firmly on the agenda
      • or has it ........
      • At the point where we have new legislation that sets a challenging agenda for equality -consolidates an a generic approach and embeds a model that depends largely on the New Labour model
      • We have a change in political direction that could reverse whatever progress has been made
    • Looking forward
      • We’re all backing fairness now
      • Brown
      • Clegg
      • Cameron
      • So what is fair?
    • Brown on Fairness
      • “ Fairness is in our DNA”
    • Cameron on Fairness
      • pledged to govern for “freedom, fairness and responsibility”
    • Clegg on Fairness
      • “ The value that connects everything the party wants to deliver is fairness”
    • Meaning and measurement
      • But does fairness = equality
      • and even if it does what is meant by equality
        • equality of opportunity
        • equality in service provision
        • equality of outcome
        • equality of income
        • … . And how do we measure fair?
    • Fairness
      • Fair is a political judgement rather than an objective measure
      • Fairness is acceptable to everyone because it means different things to different people
      • Fairness has been the easy route to political consensus and we have seen it emerging in local authorities as well as in political speeches
    • Challenges
      • The context of austerity
      • Rolling back the state
      • Redefining welfare – the social contract
      • Moving away from the regulatory model
      • Uncertainty on specific duties
    • Opportunities
      • The Equality Act and its wider scope/ bringing together social inclusion?
      • Making equality central to ideas about fairness
      • Governance of equality – the role of local partnerships government
      • Using impact assessment and procurement as a tool to hold to account
      • Engagement /accountability
    • The governance of equality
      • The Big Society
      • What will drive change?
      • Social movements
      • Trade unions - are they the big society