This report presents new evidence on this issue. It maps out the relationship between business performance and Equal Opportunities policies and practices and evaluates the effects of a range of Equal Opportunities policies and practices on workplace productivity and profits. Family-friendly leave, homeworking, monitoring and reviewing practices are examined in addition to formal Equal Opportunities policies.
A consultation document has been published which sets out and seeks views on the proposals contained in the Sub-National Economic Development Regeneration (SNR) for putting in place reforms that would:
streamline the regional tier, introducing integrated strategies and giving the regional development agencies (RDAs) lead responsibility for regional planning
strengthen the local authority role in economic development, including a new statutory duty to assess local economic conditions, and
support collaboration by local authorities across economic areas