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Diversity News in Brief

Mind Champion Announced

Mental health charity Mind have announced Dr Liz Miller as Mind Champion of the Year 2008 at its annual awards ceremony in central London hosted by Melvyn Bragg.

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TUC Publish Mental Health Best Practice guide

The TUC have published a new guidance to help employers and unions support people with mental health problems at work.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'This report provides union reps with the information they need to help people with mental health problems keep their jobs and develop their careers. It will help unions work out how to make adjustments in the workplace for people with these health problems, and help employers keep their valuable and skilled staff.'

The report had been produced with consultation from Disability Forward Ltd
Prosecution Service (CPS) Communications and Diversity Manager, Liz Crossley; NUJ representative, Stephen Brookes; and Disability Forward Limited Director, Michelle Valentine.

The report - Representing and supporting members with mental health problems at work - can be downloaded from http://www.tuc.org.uk/extras/mentalhealth.pdf

£35m for parents with disabled children to get easier access to childcare

The Government has announced 35 Million pounds worth of Pilot projects for parents with disabled children to get easier access to childcare.

Parents of disabled children often struggle to gain childcare, making it harder to find suitable work and as a result  increasing the possibility of a poor household
The Disabled Children's Access to Childcare projects will be tested in 10 local areas, and could be rolled out across the country.

Key disabled children's charities such as the National Children's Bureau, Mencap, Contact a Family and the Council for Disabled Children, have helped the Department develop the project.

The pilots are part of the overall Aiming High for Disabled Children programme, which sets out to improve the lives of all disabled children and young people and their families and is a joint programme between DCSF and DH.

Runnymede Trust express concerns about Path to Citizenship proposals

In their response to the Home office Path to Citizenship Green Paper the equality campaigning organisation has expressed reservations about the proposals being the right way forward for the UK.  They believe the current draft would result in unfair discrimination on a wide range of grounds and violate fundamental human rights.

Michelynn Laflèche Director of the Runnymede Trust in his response points to the  
“the overarching concept of ‘earned citizenship’.and the way views of the public were sought as an evidence base as some of the  fundamental flaws making the current draft unworkable.

The full response can be read here

Renewed calls for scrapping of retirement age by TAEN

Commenting on record employment figures (published  14 May 2008) for people working past state pension age, Chris Ball, Chief Executive of TAEN – The Age and Employment Network has called for the government to take action to make it easier for even more older people to work. He also renewed calls to scrap the new default retirement age.

Diversity Link had reported last month that The Employers forum on Age had also called for the end of the default retirement age. The recommendation was in response to the government’s own research suggesting most people of the state retirement age were unhappy to retire.

He commented

“Scrapping the new default retirement age would send the strongest signal that an individual’s age will no longer be able to stand as the determinant of whether they can, or cannot, continue to work for their employer.

“It is obvious that the government should take action now rather than defer until 2011 to revisit it. They are harming the economy and ignoring older people’s human rights.” email your press release to : webmaster@diversitylink.co.uk

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