Policy Briefings and Fact Sheets

Below is a selection of policy briefings and fact sheets prepared by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. For more information contact heather.williams@lgf.org.uk.


Fact Sheets

Beyond Diagnosis: Recognising HIV as a Long-Term Condition | Download Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Thanks to the availability of effective treatment methods, people diagnosed with HIV today have a near normal life expectancy. This fact sheet summarises key information and research related to recognising HIV as a long-term condition.

 

Policy Briefings 

Civil Partnership Conversion to Marriage Download Briefing (.pdf)

These regulations allow for the conversion of a civil partnership into a marriage from the 10 December 2014 onwards.

Care Act 2014 | Download Briefing (.pdf)

The Care Act represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, creating a single modern law that makes it clear what kind of care people should expect and putting service users and carers in control of their care and support. 

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (updated: 12/12/13) | Download Briefing (.pdf)

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act enshrines equal marriage in law and will allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales. This policy briefing aims to summarise the new legislation and set out what it means for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community.


Freedom of Information (FOI) Act | Download Briefing (.pdf)

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is a piece of legislation that aims to encourage all public organisations to be open and transparent and is regulated by the Information Commissioners Office (the same organisation that oversees the Data Protection Act). This briefing paper is intended to provide an overview of the Freedom of Information Act and how it can be used.


NHS Information Strategy | Download Briefing (.pdf)

Following on from the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Department of Health has developed a strategy for how information will be used by all public health and care providers across England. The focus of the strategy is on improving access to healthcare information for patients, carers and members of the public. This policy briefing aims to summarise the strategy and outline its impact on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people. 


Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 | Download Briefing (.pdf)

The Public Services (Social Value) Act complements the legislation already in place which sets out what needs to be considered by those who have responsibility for commissioning and procuring (or buying) contracts for public services. This policy briefing aims to summarise the new legislation and set out what it means for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) voluntary and community sector.


Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 | Download Briefing (.pdf)

Public bodies have new duties to publish equality information and objectives.

On 10th September the new "Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 came into force, covering public bodies like councils, the police etc.

By 31st Jan 2012 (and then annually) public bodies must publish information to show how they are meeting the public sector equality duty (part of the Equality Act 2010).


The Public Health White Paper (Feb 2011) | Download briefing (.pdf)

In December 2010 the Government produced the ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’ public health white paper.

White papers set out firm Government policy, and can be used to gather public feedback before/while new legislation is being produced.

Although people in Britain live longer, healthier lives than ever before, the white paper identifies problems that threaten public health.


The Localism Bill (Jan 2011) | Download briefing (.pdf)

At the end of December the Coalition Government published the Localism Bill.

This sets out some of the steps for building the 'Big Society' which aims to transform the relationships between cetral government, local government, communities and individuals.

This policy briefing aims to summarise the key changes that the Localism Bill will make, based on the guide published alongside it.


The Equality Act (Nov 2010) | Download briefing (.pdf)

After being passed into law by the Labour government in 2009, the majority of the Act came into force in October 2010.

Some parts are yet to be enforced, and these are highlighted in this document. The Equality Act brings together more than forty years of equality legislation and aims to make Britain a more equal society.


NHS changes (Oct 2010) | Download briefing (.pdf)

The NHS is massively important to all of us.

There's a lot of conflicting information about at the moment with massive cuts being talked about at the same time as 'ringfenced' or protected spending levels.

This briefing is all about what it actually means.


The Big Society (Sep 2010) | Download briefing (.pdf)

We've pulled together a policy briefing as an introduction to the government's 'Big Society'.

It lays out the key policies and how they might affect LGB&T groups, charts some of the questions and concerns voiced at the LGF's LGB&T Consultation Day, and suggests some steps you can take to make sure your group is prepared for the changes ahead.