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Clps summer school looking forward presentation

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

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