Published: 22nd Feb 2012

The ‘five pillars’ that support the government’s reform programme must have equality at their foundations. Any notion of ‘fairness’ will come crashing down otherwise, warns Stuart Speeden ‘Freedom, fairness and responsibility’ were the declared principles upon which the coalition government set out its reform programme in May 2010. Less than two years on from this commitment it is unclear how the concept of fairness is measured. Research conducted on the impact of the reform agenda shows that there are serious risks and consequences for protected and disadvantaged groups that arise from changes to welfare, health and social care. Some of these consequences for women, elderly and disabled people have already received some publicity but this study in north-west England – due to be launched tomorrow – shows there are serious consequences for all groups protected under the Equality Act 2010. The government has never articulated its views on the relationship … (To read the full article, subscribe below)