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 response to Equality Bill: Assessing the impact of a multiple discrimination provision.

This response shows that the DLA welcomes the Government's recognition of the gap in existing provision for protection against discrimination on multiple intersectional grounds; seeks to allay fears regarding any increased burden in bringing or defending claims of multiple intersectional discrimination; corrects a misunderstanding regarding appropriate comparators; argues that protection should be extended to cover indirect discrimination and harassment, on a combination of two or three protected grounds. 

Single Equality Bill Submission to House of Commons Committee

The members of the DLA wished to bring a list of issues of concern about the proposed Equality Bill to the attention of the House of Commons Committee considering the bill. This list formed ther basis of this submission to the Committee

Proposed Duty on Pubic Authorities to promote Socio-economic Inequalities

To find out why we think that the goal of tackling socioeconomic disadvantage is important and meritorious, but one that requires a broad, thorough, well-informed and consistent approach at the highest level of policy-making in all areas of Government (central and local) from health to social welfare to housing to education to employment download a copy of our submission here.


Indirect Discrimination in Disability Discrimination

Our response to the Office for Disability Issues consultation highlights some of the difficulties that applying the concept of indirect discrimination to disability discrimination would entail. We also offer recommendations for overcoming the weakened legal protection against disability discrimination that has been resulted from the House of Lords decision in Malcolm.

DLA submission for DWP inquiry on equality bill and disability

This submission contains the DLA's views how the equality bill should tackle disability equality.

DLA Response to the Government Equality Office: Women Only Shortlists

The DLA welcomed the desire to address the issue of the imbalance in Parliamentary seats, and makes recommendations for how to use the law to achieve this. 

DLA Submission to BERR Dispute Resolution Consultation

The DLA offered feedback and recommendations in relation to the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform proposals to simplify and speed up Dispute Resolution procedures in employment feedback.

The Path to Citizenship

The DLA's response to the Govenment proposals to tighten up immigration rules for non-European Migrants

Legal Complaints Service: The publication of solicitors complaints records

This is a response to the Legal Complaints Service's consultation. While the DLA broadly welcomes the proposal for the publication of solicitor's legal complaints records, it has a number of recommendations that would further improve clients' access to redress in the event of discrimination by their solicitor, and ensure also that BME solicitors are not disproportionately affected by the new measures.

April 2008