The Disability and Inclusion Strategy was approved by the States in November 2013. The aim of the Strategy is to improve the quality of life of disabled Islanders and their carers through changing attitudes towards disabled people and carers so that they can be active and engaged socially, economically and culturally. The implementation of this Strategy is a priority for the States.
Disability and Inclusion
- As part of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy, the States agreed that detailed policy proposals should be developed for the introduction of disability discrimination legislation. In June 2018, the States of Guernsey unanimously agreed that the scope of this project should be increased and that the Committee for Employment and Social Security should develop proposals for new legislation to protect people from discrimination on multiple grounds (Amendment to The Policy & Resources Plan). The aim of this type of legislation is to give people equal access to employment, goods, services, accommodation and education, regardless of personal characteristics such as age, sex, disability, race, pregnancy or maternity, carer status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment/identity or religious belief.
- This legislation will be based, where appropriate, on relevant provisions of the Irish Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015, the Irish Equal Status Acts 2000-2015, and the Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
- The Committee intends to carry out a wide public consultation regarding its draft policy proposals in 2019 before taking a Policy Letter to the States for consideration in early 2020.
- For further information about this project please click here.
Equality and Rights Organisation
- In 2013 the States approved, in principle, the establishment of an Equality and Rights Organisation subject to the development and approval of a business plan, and having funding and prioritisation in place.
- The Committee for Employment & Social Security is currently preparing this business plan in liaison with various stakeholders. The Equality and Rights Organisation will have a key role in monitoring compliance with international human rights obligations, and providing education and information for the community on human rights and equality issues.
- The Policy & Resources Committee has established a working group for the review of the Matrimonial Causes (Guernsey) Law, (1939), which has now completed a draft Policy Letter. A targeted consultation of those likely to be affected by any changes to the procedures of marriage has now been completed, and a wider public consultation was conducted in early 2019.