April 2008

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.

DWP has published its business plan for 2008/09. It details the department's activities that will be delivered from April 2008 to March 2009.

Read the Business Plan...

DWP has produced an equality impact assessment for the employment and support allowance, which will replace incapacity benefits for new customers from October 2008. More...

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