To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance has been given to small charities and religious organisations to ensure that they are able to comply with the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.
In addition to press and online promotional campaigns, information sessions (including a number specifically aimed at religious and other voluntary sector organisations), and Acas-published practical guidance on promoting equality in the workplace, the DTI has provided specific support for voluntary and community sector organisations on the Employment Equality Regulations. In 2003–04, £625,000 was made available for a range of projects across Great Britain looking at producing and disseminating guidance, training and information materials. In 2004–05, funding was more than doubled to £1.4 million. Much of the funding was directed at meeting the specific needs of religious organisations, lesbian, gay and bisexual groups and other voluntary sector organisations and their client and constituency groups.