£1.3m to raise awareness of new employment equality measures,
industry minister Jacqui Smith announced today.
in their work to raise awareness and understanding of the new sexual
orientation and religion or belief legislation. A range of
organisations will be able to benefit from this funding.
The increased level of information and awareness will have benefits
for individuals and employers needing to understand the new rights
Ms Smith said:
'These new regulations outlaw discrimination at work on the grounds
of sexual orientation and religion for the first time and offers
basic rights to people who experience discrimination.
'The£1.3m I'm announcing today will help ensure the increased
awareness of the new legislation and reflect our commitment to
The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation and Religion or Belief)
Regulations aim to:
* outlaw discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, religion or
belief in employment and vocational training
* provide protection to all workers from unfair discrimination,
harassment and victimisation on these grounds
The funding is available for and up to 31 March 2005 and
organisations are invited to submit proposals by 21 July
1. The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) and Employment
Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations implement part of the
Employment Directive, adopted in 2000. They were approved by
parliament on 26 June 2003 and came into force on 1 and 2 December
2. Individuals who feel they have been discriminated against on the
grounds of sexual orientation and religion or belief can take their
complaint to an employment tribunal. If a tribunal finds in their
favour they can award compensation to the individual. There is no
upper limit to the amount of compensation the organisation maybe be
ordered to pay.
3. Funding criteria includes:
* Proposals must support the new equality legislation areas of sexual
orientation and religion/belief. This might mean activity focused
entirely on one or both of the new strands, or as part of wider
activity which encompasses other aspects of equality or other issues.
* Proposals must show that they have the necessary management and
financial controls in place to ensure that the money is used in
accordance with government accounting rules.
4. A small panel made up of representatives from DTI (Selected
Employment Rights, Women and Equality Unit and Fair Markets), Welsh
Assembly Government and Scotland Office/Scottish Executive will
assess the bids and make recommendations to the Head of Employment
Relations who will make the final decision on bids.
5. Project proposals should be with the DTI by 21 July 2004 to
6. For details of the application form and notes for those intending
to submit proposals refer to the DTI