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Tribunals to hear education discrimination claims

6 July 2010

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on the secondary legislation which will enable the additional support needs tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS) to hear disability claims (discrimination, harassment and victimisation) cases in school education.

The ASNTS hears cases involving children and young people with additional support needs who have a dispute with their education authority, which cannot be resolved by less formal means. The Equality Act 2010 will extend its jurisdiction to also hear disability claims in school education, and Scottish ministers must make secondary legislation containing new rules of practice and procedure to enable it to do so. The Equality Act will have a staggered commencement.

Details of the proposed secondary legislation are provided in the consultation paper, to which responses are required by 24 September 2010.

Click here to access the consultation.

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