my better half works for the council and quite alot of things/sayings have been changed.not all racist may i add,its now a thought shower as brain storming may offend people with epilepsy(mispelt sorry).
A lot of that comes from poorly trained/skilled/stupid management that have no real understanding of employment law or common sense. They start out well meaning, by looking at genuinely important things like equal opportunities and end up totally missing the point. It's a common problem in H&S where a proper risk assessment isn't done and the person with the ultimate responsibility takes some knee-jerk decision because they are scared of getting sued.
The general public love nothing more than latching on to a half truth, particularly if it lets them moan about anyone in a position of greater responsibility