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Govt wants more diverse councils
Commission to explore barriers to council diversity

The government is to explore why so many councillors are middle aged white men, with a new investigation exploring the barriers which prevent people from standing. The Councillors Commission wants to understand why more women, young people and people from ethnic minorities do not stand as candidates and is inviting people to submit their own… Read more »

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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Government proposes opt-out organ donation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has proposed introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, where a person is presumed to have consented to donate their organs after death unless they have specifically opted out. Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the move, and has called on the public to support the plans. Moving to an… Read more »

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Public sector told to recognise different needs
Public sector prepares for gender equality

Public sector authorities have been reminded of their new responsibilities under upcoming gender equality legislation. From April 6th public sector bodies will have to take a proactive approach to promoting gender equality, rather than relying on individuals to bring specific complaints. The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) hails the upcoming Gender Equality Duty as the biggest… Read more »