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IEDP Issue 99                                                                              March 2022

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone,

This is your slightly late March Newsletter....apologies for the delay.

To be honest, I keep thinking about how in just over a couple of years the world that we live in has been transformed; we've gone through so much....from a global pandemic that landed and changed our lives so dramatically and so quickly for over two years, the global reckoning on racial injustice and inequality, climate change urgency to war. Many that I've spoken with express that life feels like a relentless though we've been asleep, and had our eyes forced open and we're left wondering 'what next?' We know with certainty that nothing is predictable and that we can't rely on anything staying the same, which when you first consider it can be disconcerting, but it's also proving to be a profound opportunity for innovation, expansion and growth. 
We can choose to tap into our resilience; to take each day at a time and deal with new challenges as they arrive. Those who are committed to making our world a better place are doubling down on their efforts and encouraging others to join them. 

March was Women's History Month and the 8th was International Women's Day and many of those leading change initiatives are women which is inspiring… Women’s History Month is about history in the making. Maybe the impact of what is dubbed ‘The Great Resignation’ will lead to even more people looking for creative ways to earn a living and be part of the change that they want to see in the world. 
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve developed greater resilience and ways of integrating life and work.

If any of you would like to contribute an opinion piece please send us an email at


Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

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War in Ukraine: Lives and livelihoods, lost and disrupted

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused the greatest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Already, thousands of lives have been lost, and millions of livelihoods have been disrupted through displacement, lost homes, and lost incomes (Exhibit 1). We, like so many others, are shocked by the unfolding humanitarian tragedy and the consequences of this brutal war. 

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Mental Health Downloadable Resources

It can be tricky to know how to have that first chat about mental health, or to find the ‘right’ words once you do.I also know, however, that not everyone in this country has had this experience. Here are some resources to help you do just that
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How should HR handle the end of all Covid measures?

With free testing ending in England tomorrow, People Management asks experts how businesses should manage testing and isolating staff who are suspected to have the virus

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Progress for PRH on diversity and inclusion but company faces continuing 'challenges'

Penguin Random House UK’s latest diversity and inclusion report shows a “mixed picture” with improvements in representation of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and LGBTQIA+ staff, but continuing “challenges” around disability and senior leadership representation alongside decreases in socio-economic diversity.

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Greene King further building inclusion into business culture

Greene King has announced a new inclusion group, Ability, to support team members with disabilities, as part of its continued journey to everyday inclusion.

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Equality & Human Rights Commission Should Be Defending Our Rights Instead it Sits on its Hands Brian Cathcart

Boris Johnson’s Government is an enemy of human rights. More than any government in living memory, it seeks to whittle away – you might say ‘cancel’ – our ability to exercise rights long recognised in international conventions. 

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The Gender Pension Gap

The gender pension gap refers to the different retirement outcomes for men and women. This briefing paper examines the different definitions, causes and possible responses to the gender pension gap.

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Policy paper Inclusive Britain: government response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

1. Ministerial foreword

If there is one thing at the heart of this government’s agenda, it’s that anyone in this country should be able to achieve anything, no matter where they live or come from. As a black woman, a first-generation immigrant and the Minister for Equalities, I passionately believe in this idea too. It is my lived experience.


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Research: What does inclusion mean to those who experience it?

Decision makers at all levels should be mindful that there are two competing and complimentary definitions of inclusion, writes Anthomy Maher

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Pinterest Outlines New Events for International Transgender Day of Visibility

Pinterest has announced a new slate of in-app programming to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, while it’s also shared some new usage stats which highlight the platform’s increasing utility as a support source for the trans and non-binary communities.

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How to turn everyday stress into ‘optimal stress’

Managed well, stress can be an ally rather than an enemy. Here’s how to use it to your advantage.

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Health and wellbeing at work

Welcome to the CIPD’s annual survey exploring health, wellbeing and absence in UK workplaces in partnership with Simplyhealth

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Video: Disability & Disfigurement 📚 100+ Book recommendations & TBR
An updated video with 100+ book recommendations, including a TBR. Grab a cup of tea and pull up a seat. xx
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Podcast: Parenting as Two Mums and with a Disability with Jessica and Claudia - Doing It! with Hannah Witton

In this episode, Hannah is joined by Jessica and Claudia Kellgren-Fozard! Jessica is a YouTuber and content creator who shares her experiences as a chronically ill and disabled lesbian, often making videos with her wife, Claudia. Jessica discusses drawing on her knowledge of sign language as a deaf person to teach their baby, and how becoming a parent has helped Jessica with her disabilities through building physical strength. 

Listen here

23 million people claimed some combination of DWP benefits in August 2021 (of the benefits included in these statistics). Of whom:

  • 12.6 million were of State Pension Age, 29% of whom were claiming more than one benefit

  • 9.5 million were of Working Age, 32% of whom were claiming more than one benefit

  • 570,000 were under the age of 16 and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance as a child

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And finally...

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The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 15 April 2022. Please circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested in our work or who may wish to join the Institute.
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