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. Due to the quantity of feedback received during the public consultation in the summer of 2019, and in order to manage workload, the President of the Committee announced in November 2019 that the proposals would be refocused on fewer grounds of protection with disability and carer status as a priority. In March 2020, the Committee published a Policy Letter proposing a phased approach, recommending the drafting of legislation covering the grounds of race, disability and carer status, with other grounds to be phased in at a later date.
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- 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.