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Ozzy
25th Sep 2008, 13:53
Unless you are of a particular religion (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3073248/Grieving-family-told-no-Saturday-funeral-because-they-are-not-Muslim.html)!

Ozzy

BlueDiamond
25th Sep 2008, 14:27
I wonder what possible objection the council could have to Saturday funerals? Anyone have any idea?

eticket
25th Sep 2008, 14:48
I wonder if they are supposed to be shut on Saturdays? However they will handle on Saturdays cremations that for religious reasons can't wait until the next week, or the week after, or the week after that, as we have in some areas.

Economics101
25th Sep 2008, 15:01
I presume it's because the Council would have to pay overtime at weekends. Doen't excuse the blatant discrimination in favour of one group though.

Maybe Saturday funerals could be an option for anyone who was willing to foot the overtime bill. Muslims, Jews, Rastafarians, the lot.

BlooMoo
25th Sep 2008, 19:29
Wouldn't the council not therefore be in breach of the Equality Act 2006 (http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2006/ukpga_20060003_en_1) ?

Flying Lawyer's opinion would be interesting...


Selected clauses - my highlighting...


Part 2 Discrimination on grounds of religion or belief
Key concepts
44 Religion and belief

In this Part—

(a) “religion” means any religion,

(b) “belief” means any religious or philosophical belief,

(c) a reference to religion includes a reference to lack of religion, and

(d) a reference to belief includes a reference to lack of belief.
45 Discrimination

(1) A person (“A”) discriminates against another (“B”) for the purposes of this Part if on grounds of the religion or belief of B or of any other person except A (whether or not it is also A’s religion or belief) A treats B less favourably than he treats or would treat others (in cases where there is no material difference in the relevant circumstances).

46 Goods, facilities and services

(1) It is unlawful for a person (“A”) concerned with the provision to the public or a section of the public of goods, facilities or services to discriminate against a person (“B”) who seeks to obtain or use those goods, facilities or services—

(a) by refusing to provide B with goods, facilities or services,

(b) by refusing to provide B with goods, facilities or services of a quality which is the same as or similar to the quality of goods, facilities or services that A normally provides to—

(i) the public, or

(ii) a section of the public to which B belongs,

(c) by refusing to provide B with goods, facilities or services in a manner which is the same as or similar to that in which A normally provides goods, facilities or services to—

(i) the public, or

(ii) a section of the public to which B belongs, or

(d) by refusing to provide B with goods, facilities or services on terms which are the same as or similar to the terms on which A normally provides goods, facilities or services to—

(i) the public, or

(ii) a section of the public to which B belongs.

(2) Subsection (1) applies, in particular, to—

(a) access to and use of a place which the public are permitted to enter,

(b) accommodation in a hotel, boarding house or similar establishment,

(c) facilities by way of banking or insurance or for grants, loans, credit or finance,

(d) facilities for entertainment, recreation or refreshment,

(e) facilities for transport or travel, and

(f) the services of a profession or trade.

(3) Where a skill is commonly exercised in different ways in relation to or for the purposes of different religions or beliefs, a person who normally exercises it in relation to or for the purpose of a religion or belief does not contravene subsection (1) by—

(a) insisting on exercising the skill in the way in which he exercises it in relation to or for the purposes of that religion or belief, or

(b) if he reasonably considers it impracticable to exercise the skill in that way in relation to or for the purposes of another religion or belief, refusing to exercise it in relation to or for the purposes of that other religion or belief.

(4) Subsection (1)—

(a) does not apply in relation to the provision of goods, facilities or services by a person exercising a public function, and

(b) does not apply to discrimination in relation to the provision of goods, facilities or services if discrimination in relation to that provision—

(i) is unlawful by virtue of another provision of this Part or by virtue of a provision of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1660), or

(ii) would be unlawful by virtue of another provision of this Part or of those regulations but for an express exception.

(5) For the purposes of subsection (1) it is immaterial whether or not a person charges for the provision of goods, facilities or services.