'We congratulate the Government on having commenced most of the provisions of the 2010 Equality Act. Stonewall pressed for introduction of the Act, both through public consultation and in its contribution to the 2007 Economic Competitiveness Policy Review, because it represents a significant rationalisation of 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. By both simplifying the law and strengthening it in important ways to help tackle discrimination, it contributes to economic competitiveness.
Stonewall works with more than 600 major organisations across the public and private sectors employing more than five million people between them. The vast majority of those partner organisations fully support the way that the new Act has simplified existing legislation, thus reducing the regulatory burden on them as employers and service providers.
We strongly recommend that the Government uses the successful streamlining and simplification exemplified by commencement of the Equality Act as a model for simplification and reduction of red tape across the rest of Britain’s legislative landscape.'
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