RULESWATCH

August 1, 2010

Judicial Review of Parliamentary Action?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruleswatch @ 6:46 am

A longstanding English Women’s equality organization is challenging the United Kingdom’s new budget in court.

The UK’s new government’s budget is said to impact government programs affecting women disproportionately.

The group, the Fawcett Society, is maintaining that government failed to conduct what would seem to be a sexual inequality assessment in adopting the measures.

The Guardian describes the judicial review application as “the first ever legal challenge to a British government’s budget…” “Papers filed on Friday [July 29] claim that Treasury officials broke the law by failing to carry out an assessment of whether the plans for heavy spending cuts would hit women hardest.”

A solciitor for the group has the law being very clear.

“Although public authorities have been subject to the gender equality duty for three years now, there is widespread ignorance not only about how strong these laws actually are,… However, the case law is crystal clear. Firstly, an equality impact assessment must be conducted before policy decisions are taken.”

The UK legislation, directed primarily to listed government and public authorities, calls for similar assessments in the case of race and disability.

    RW is trying to find the pleadings on the net

    see– http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/01/budget-legal-challenge-women-equality

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