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'Equality Here, Now' aims to wrestle control over progress with equalities and human rights away from professionals, civil servants, politicians, academics and lawyers, and help individual people take more control of the pace and scope of progress, as well as be better informed and equipped to be able to claim their own, personal rights to equality and human rights.

Here we will shine a light on those who repeatedly fail to deliver equality and hide behind jargon, tick-boxes, and sighs of how hard it all is.  We will give oxygen to those who do good work in their own patch, and which very rarely gets shared with others, so leading to the post-code lottery of equality and human rights.  We will also tear down the  duplicity and mendacity with which public bodies cloak their reports on 'progress' with equalities and human rights, and we will allow people to compare performance of one public body with another.

Equality, Here, Now has worked with and will work with any person, group or organisation in the public or private sector which is prepared to admit that society as currently structured discriminates against people on an everyday basis.  With that as a basis of any agreement, Equality, Here, Now will work alongside anyone who wants to see that change and for discrimination to be eliminated in the lifetimes of people who experience it and who may be free of discrimination for at least some of that life.



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In the first half of 2019, much of the capacity of Equality Here, Now has been devoted to raising awareness of and eliminating discrimination around deaf and hearing impaired people being able to phone organisations across the public and private sectors, just as hearing people do.  Progress has been slow.  But then eliminating discrimination takes decades.  That work will continue, just at a lesser pace and more in the background to the focus in the second half of the year on checking what progress the public sector has been making as an employer with delivering equality.

The [not] good news is that the NHS in Scotland is not just struggling to close the equal pay gap, it has allowed the gap to get bigger.  Read the research here published in May 2019.

While the NHS in Scotland struggles to close the gap on Equal Pay for women, the work on eliminating racial discrimination in the NHS as an employer continues to muddle along with a lack of direction, a lack of commitment, and a lack of willingness to recognise the reality that the NHS does indeed discriminate against BME people.  Why else do Health Boards fail to mention in their employment reports at April 2019 any work which has helped them meet the general equality duty - to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations - as employers of BME people ?  Read for yourself in the research report published in June 2019.

While there can be a debate on how to close the gap between what it is to be a racist employer and one which has eliminated racism, the gap on disability equality in NHS Scotland is such that many disabled people are likely to live out their lives and die before they get real equality of employment opportunity to work in the NHS.  Research published in June 2019 provides the unpalatable truth on disability discrimination.

When it comes to sectarianism and evidence of equality of employment opportunity for Catholics and Protestants in NHS Scotland, even the government hides the data so that the public gaze is unable to hold government to account.  The NHS in Scotland is slightly more open with data gathered than the government, but then shows too may case examples of falling short with what to do with the data once it has been gathered.  See the research report and judge for yourself on Catholic People, Work and the NHS in Scotland 2019.



June 2019