Consultation responses

Over the years, the DLA has established a reputation for its knowledge, expertise and understanding of discrimination law issues. Government departments and other statutory agencies regularly seek our views on changes and development in law and policy areas.

Participation from members ensures that our contributions to policy and public debates are grounded in and informed by the experiences of those affected by discrimination cases and issues on a daily basis.

This page lists all of the submissions and responses that the DLA has made to government and European Commission consultations, as well as contributions it has made to research, surveys and consultations by other organisations. The most recent submissions are listed first.

As an added resource, for some consultations we have added links to the responses from other organisations.

Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation

The DLA has submitted a robust response to the Government's consultation on its proposals to create a new requirement on landlords to conduct immigration checks on tenants, with penalties for those who provide rented accommodation to illegal non-EEA migrants in breach of the new requirements.

You can find full details of the consultation on the Home Office website here:

You can read the DLA's response by opening the attached file below.

Diversity in the Judiciary

The DLA has submitted a comprehensive response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation seeking views as to how the Commission should make use of the new 'equal merit' provision enabling positive action to improve the diversity of the judiciary.

You can read the details of the consulation here:

Transforming Legal Aid

The DLA has submitted a comprehensive response to the government's consultation: "Transforming Legal Aid".  Many thanks to all those members who sent in responses and comments of their own which were fed into the final document.

The DLA's response can be read in the attached document

Revised PACE codes of practice

The DLA has recently submitted a detailed response to the consultation on revised PACE codes of practice 2013 as per the Home Office website:

You can read the DLA submission here:

PSED Review - call for evidence

The Discrimination Law Association has submitted its response to the Government's call for evidence as part of its PSED Review.

The submission takes the form of a main text plus five exhibits - examples received by the DLA over the last few weeks which back up the DLA's argument that the PSED needs to be retained. As it states in the DLA's response: "We submit that ... the balance sheet will show negative costs, that is, a profit flowing from the PSED rather than a loss."

Thank you to all those who took time to send in examples, most of which you will find in our submission.


Improving educational outcomes for travelling children

The Discrimination Law Association has submitted a response to the Department of Education's consultation on "Improving educational outcomes for travelling children", focussing particularly on the government's intention to repeal repeal s.444(6) which provides a partial exception for parents whose work requires them to travel, including Gypsies and Travellers; however the DLA argues that the repeal is not a ‘proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’ and therefore may amount to indirect race discrimination and a breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Human Rights Act.

You can read the DLA's submission by clicking on the link below:

Local Government transparency

The DLA has submitted a response to the Department for Communities and Local Government Consultation on Improving Local Government Transparency.  Following the publication of the ‘Code of recommended practice for local authorities on Data Transparency’ in September 2011, ministers would now like to make the code a legal requirement via regulations.

You can find the details of the consultation on the website:

and read the DLA submission in the attachment below.

Schedule 7 review

The DLA has submitted a response to the Home Office consultation on proposals to review the operation of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 - details on the Home Office website :

Please click on the attached file below to read the DLA's response.

Women in the Workplace

The DLA has submitted a comprehensive response to the inquiry into Women in the Workplace set up by the House of Commons Business, Innovation & Skills Committee in Sepember 2012.  You can find details of the particular issues that the Committee was seeking answers to on the Parliament website here: 

The DLA response can be read by opening the attached file below

Bill of Rights - second consultation

The DLA has submitted a response to the government's second consultation on the need for a Bill of Rights. The consultation asks questions that build on the 2011 Discussion Paper and on the views that have been heard so far, about whether or not there is a need for a UK Bill of Rights, and if so, what the form and content of any such Bill might be.

You can find details of the background to this consultation on the MoJ website here: