EQUALITY

We want a fairer society and will use every lever to tear down barriers that prevent equality. We want every child in Britain to have the best possible chance in life, irrespective of background, their gender, sexuality or the colour of their skin.

Since the beginning of his leadership, David Cameron has made clear the Conservative Party’s commitment to sexual equality and gay rights – from his first conference speech, in which he proudly confirmed our support for civil partnerships, to his apology for our former stance on Section 28.

Tackling homophobia

Action to date

• We have launched a new charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport with well over 40 of sport's National Governing Bodies, all professional football league teams and 3,700 individual sports fans signing up.

Planned actions

• Focusing on Making workplaces more LGBT-friendly, we will be publishing advice for employers on their rights and responsibilities in supporting LGB&T staff, tackling discrimination and removing the barriers to a more LGBT-friendly workplace.

Equal Civil Marriage

Action to date

• We have consulted on equal civil marriage.

Planned actions

• The Government will respond to the equal civil marriage consultation by the end of the year.

Increasing access to elected office

Action to date

• In 2011 the Government consulted on how to improve access to elected office for disabled people.

• In 2012 the Government launched the access to elected office strategy. This includes an access to elected office fund to support candidates with disability related costs of standing for election.

• The Government is delivering an introductory online training course and paid internships on the speakers' parliamentary placement scheme.

Planned actions

Applications for the Access to elected office fund run until March 2014.

Improving the support to business and individuals relating to equality

Action to date

• We have consulted on repealing unnecessary and overly-bureaucratic equalities regulations including provisions which make employers liable for the harassment of their employees by third parties over whom they have no control.

Planned actions

• The Government's response to this consultation is expected by 2013.

Improving fair access to jobs

Action to date

• We have piloted and are rolling out the Whitehall Internship Scheme. The scheme comprises of three complementary internship schemes designed for graduates and undergraduates, college students and secondary students who come from under-represented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

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