Website updates May to June 2024

Bodis v Lindfield In Bodis v Lindfield the EAT held that under s.15 EqA, unfavourable treatment can be “because of” something arising from the disability even though the something is only a minor component of the reason for the unfavourable treatment, provided it is “significant” so as to be an “effective cause”. S.15 could apply … Read more

Labour’s plans for disability equality law

These are changes relevant to disability discrimination under the Equality Act (EqA) which Labour propose to make if they win the July 2024 election. They are mainly taken from “Labour’s Plan to make work pay” (pdf, labour.org.uk), May 2024. For government plans, see Proposed changes. Employment status Britain currently has a three-tier system for employment … Read more

Website updates March to April 2024

Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) and others have launched a petition urging the parliamentary authorities and Government, working with political parties, to consider how to make Parliamentary debates an inclusive environment for those who communicate differently. See Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive. Trial period can be reasonable adjustment In Rentokil … Read more

Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive

STAMMA and others have launched a petition on this. STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) and others have launched a petition urging the parliamentary authorities and Government, working with political parties, to consider how to make Parliamentary debates an inclusive environment for those who communicate differently. This would be by changing procedures, and modelling behaviours where … Read more

Website updates January to February 2024

EAT decision on stammering The employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has issued its decision in Glasson v The Insolvency Service. The claimant’s answers in an interview were not full enough, as he limited them due to his stammer. He called this his “restrictive mode”. The employer knew of his stammer. However, the tribunal found the employer … Read more

Website updates November to December 2023

Regulations to retain some EU case law The government has passed the Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (legislation.gov.uk), SI 2023/1425, to preserve the effect of some EU case law after the end of 2023, particularly on the wider meaning of “disability” in employment claims, and who can claim indirect discrimination. Main discussion and updates: … Read more

Website updates September to October 2023

Examples of adjustments by service providers New page Examples of adjustments and discrimination: service providers, including material shifted from the ‘For businesses’ section of this website, and taking in examples from new STAMMA resources for service providers. Transport Major update of Transport page, including trains, buses, ships and air travel. Harassment Update of Harassment of … Read more

Stammering Awareness Day 2023

22nd October is International Stammering Awareness Day (ISAD). STAMMA has published a video and guidance for healthcare providers, and a “Don’t be a knob” video ad and guidance for service providers more generally. Write to your GP STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) is encouraging people to write to your GP (stamma.org), to help make booking … Read more

F-Bomb blog: oracy in schools

Claire Tupling’s excellent blog Starmer’s ‘F-Bomb’ (educationandsociety.wordpress.com) warns that “oracy” should accept that speech may be dysfluent. Labour has pledged to put oracy at the centre of its plans to reform education. However oracy and “good communication” is often wrongly equated with fluency. Claire warns that children who stammer should not be told that the … Read more

Booking a GP appointment: removing barriers for people who stammer

STAMMA (British Stammering Association) is urging changes in GP appointment booking systems nationwide. A survey by STAMMA showed that phone-only systems and lack of staff training caused people who stammer to face physical and mental distress, delayed appointments, and late diagnoses. More: GP bookings: change is needed (stamma.org), 8 August 2023. STAMMA proposes GPs offering … Read more