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.

DLA submission to Home Affairs Commission Inquiry on Equalities March 2011

The DLA has submitted a written response to the Home Affairs Committee Inquiry on Equalities, highlighting its concerns about the potential negative impact on equality protection of the manner in which the government is approaching equality issues, including the policy proposals foreshadowed in the Budget announcement earlier this month

EHRC’s Inquiry into the HM Treasury’s compliance with equality duties

The DLA finds that the evidence on the Scheme and Budget is strongly suggestive of a Department which has not systematically come to terms with and complied with the equality duties

DLA response to MoJ Consultation on Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England & Wales

The DLA considers that the legal reforms will have a significant impact on access to justice for people of this country who lack the financial means to access the legal services they need to protect and enforce their rights

Specific Duties

Discrimination Law Association response to consultation Equality Act 2010: The Public sector Equality Duty – Promoting equality through transparency

Guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability

The DLA has been considering the draft Guidance from the Office of Disability Issues - overall it found it a helpful document but has put forward a number of suggestions on certain points

GEO consultation on Questionnaire Procedure

The DLA comments upon the GEO's proposed guidance and form.

DLA response to EHRC equal pay code of practice consultation

The DLA welcomed the opportunity to participate in this consultation, but has concerns about the contents of the draft Equal Pay Code.

Earning the Right to Stay

The DLA's position on the Government's proposal to move towards a flexible points basded system for immigration is set out in this response. 

GEO consultation on Specific Duties

The specific duties play a vital role in setting out what approach authorities should take towards compliance with the general duty, but the DLA has reservations about the proposed changes to the specific duties.


This response to the UK government consultation highlights the DLA's concerns regarding the proposal for an EC Directive providing protection against discrimination outside of employment on grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation