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People living in Scotland’s poorest areas have double the rate of illness or early death than those in the wealthiest parts, an NHS study has found. The new research highlights “stark inequalities” between the health of those living in the most and least deprived areas. In the poorest areas those…
Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in the Upper Tribunal, said it was "repugnant" to consider such behaviour as "criminal or anti-social" when it is a direct result of a child's…
Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former Irish president Mary McAleese said. It is the only part of the UK in which what campaigners term marriage equality has not been legalised due to religious-inspired opposition from its largest party,…
Barnardo's has become the first children's charity in Northern Ireland to publicly voice support for the recognition of same-sex marriage. It made the announcement on Wednesday to coincide with Belfast Pride's Coming Out for Change campaign, and just days before the city's Pride parade. Northern Ireland is the only region…
A major review of women's rights in Britain has found "failures" in many areas of life, including violence and harassment at work. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) made a series of recommendations aimed at protecting women from sexual harassment or violence and strengthening support services. Its report also…
Thousands of people with learning disabilities are "trapped" in institutional care and are having their "human rights routinely ignored", MPs have heard. Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb warned that more than 2,400 people in hospitals and care homes across the UK were being treated as "second class citizens".…
Sexual harassment on the Tube could be tackled with targeted adverts, the Minister for Women has said. Victoria Atkins also hit out at the "offensive" portrayal of women in music videos as she gave evidence to MPs on combating sexual harassment in public places. Asked about whether the Government should…
The founder of the NHS would be angry over the health inequalities that persist across the UK, the Welsh health secretary has said. But Vaughan Gething said that Welshman Aneurin Bevan, also known as the chief architect of the health service, would be "proud" of the values that underpin the…
The Government's policies have created a "hostile environment causing grave violations on disabled people", Labour has claimed. Minister of State for disabled people, health and work Sarah Newton appealed to Opposition MPs in the Commons to "stop saying things which they know are not true" during a heated exchange with…
Controversial gay conversion therapies are to be banned under a new LGBT action plan outlined by the Government. The £4.5 million initiative aimed at making society more inclusive for the LGBT community brands so-called "gay cure" conversion therapies "abhorrent". The initiative follows a major Government survey which more than 108,000…
Humanists have hailed an Appeal Court ruling as paving the way for legally recognised marriages in Northern Ireland, despite losing a bid to have the current law declared in breach of human rights. A model and international footballer, who won the right to have a lawful humanist wedding in Northern…
A change in the law is needed to give disabled people "basic sanitation" in public spaces across the UK, ministers have been told. Campaigners are pushing for changing place toilets to be mandatory in public places such as large railway stations, airports and motorway services. The toilets have space for…
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