In August a UN committee examined the UK on its implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Committee Member and UK rapporteur Stig Langvad described the UK’s examination as ‘the most challenging exercise in the history of the Committee’, and the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission called it a “damning assessment by UN experts of the failure to protect disabled people’s rights across many areas of life in the UK”.
On Wednesday 21 June, the Assembly will debate the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s report into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales, and the Welsh Government’s response to its recommendations.
This is the second in a series of blog articles discussing the Blue Badge scheme. Yesterday’s blog explained the assessment and eligibility criteria for applicants.
The Blue Badge scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for disabled people, and operates throughout the UK.
The Assembly’s annual International Women’s Day debate is on 7 March 2017.
The World Economic Forum recently predicted that the global gender gap will not close for another 170 years at the current rate of progress. It ranked the UK 20th out of 144 countries for gender equality, based on a variety of indicators. Germany, Norway, France, Ireland and Rwanda all ranked higher than the UK.
On 15 February, the Assembly will debate the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s report on its post-legislative scrutiny of the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.