Reform of the EHRC

Equality Commission Loses Its Office, But Is It Losing Its Purpose? (Guardian 25/01/13): Move follows slashing of funding from £70m to £17m, which has fed fears about the government’s regard for rights
The Decision Not To Reappoint The Equality And Human Rights Commission’s Only Disabled Commissioner Has Raised Fresh Concerns Over The Government’s Plans For The Watchdog

Exchange Of Letters About The Equality And Human Rights Commission (Guardian 13/11/12): A letter from Maria Miller, the Minister for Women and Equalities, about the EHRC was published in The Guardian on 8 November. Margaret Prosser, interim chair of the EHRC, responded on behalf of the EHRC board in a letter published on 13 November

Equality Commissioners Defend Record After Maria Miller’s Attack On Their Work (Guardian 12/11/12): EHRC head says new culture secretary appears to have been badly briefed

Letter From Maria Miller: ‘Reforming The Equality Commission’ (Guardian 08/11/12): A letter from Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, about reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was published in the Guardian on 9 November 2012.

Equality information, advice and support (Home Office):  From 1 October 2012, information, advice and support on discrimination will be provided by the new Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Preferred Candidate Selected For Chair Of The Equality And Human Rights Commission (Department for Culture, Media and Sport 03/10/12): Baroness Onora O’Neill put forward by Government.

The Equality And Human Rights Commission Is Being Destroyed (24/08/12): Victims of inequality and discrimination need an empowered institution, not the hollowed-out shell coalition cuts would leave

Changes To The Equality And Human Rights Commission (Home Office 10/08/12): While the reform of the EHRC gets underway, Baroness Margaret Prosser has been appointed interim Chair, the Home Office announced today.

Commission issues response to government consultation on its powers and duties (EHRC 16/06/11)

Reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission: Deadline 15th June

News September 2011

LGB&T Organisations Express Concern With The EHRC (Consortium Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgendered Voluntary And Community Organisations): A range of LGB&T organisations from across the country have written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission expressing their concern about the Commission’s apparent decision to discontinue specific work on behalf of people having these protected characteristics and to base its future work only on general themes.

 

News August 2011

EHRC Refuses Britain A Fair Hearing (Civitas): The EHRC contributes very little to meaningful equality in Britain today and should be abolished, according to a new Civitas report. Added to the Government’s much trumpeted ‘bonfire of the quangos’, the EHRC would save the Treasury tens of millions of pounds at no obvious cost to the general public. Small Corroding Words, by Jon Gower Davies, is a systematic critique of the philosophy, research and practice of the EHRC….

Equality And Human Rights Commission ‘Should Be Cut’ (The Telegraph 08/08/11): The Equality and Human Rights Commission wastes millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money on “slighting” British society and should be abolished, a report claims.

Calls For Equality Watchdog Closure Are ‘Misguided And Dangerous’ (Public and Commercial Services Union 08/08/11)

Report Calls For Equality Commission To Be Scrapped (Pink Paper 08/08/11): The Equality and Human Rights Commission contributed “very little to meaningful equality” and should be dismantled, a think tank report has recommended.

Earlier News

Consultation And Responses On Equality And Human Rights Commission Reform (Equality and Diversity Forum 22/06/11)

Government Proposals Threaten The Equality And Human Rights Commission’s Independence, Warns BIHR (16/06/11)

LGBT Youth Scotland Response to EHRC Reform Consultation (16/06/11): LGBT Youth Scotland welcomed the opportunity to respond to the UK Government’s consultation on reforming the Equality and Human Rights Commission, however we had serious concerns about the suggested reforms.

PCS And Unite Take First Action On Equalities Body (06/06/11): PCS, the largest civil service union and Unite, the largest trade union in Britain and Ireland, are taking their first joint action today to save the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Commission Issues Initial Response To Government Consultation On Its Powers And Duties (EHRC 20/05/11): The EHRC today issues its first response to the governments consultation on the Commission’s powers and duties.

Striking Equality Staff Challenge Employer’s Misleading Claims (Public and Commercial Services Union 10/05/11): On the eve of a second strike by PCS members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, staff have challenged their employer to provide evidence of its claims or withdraw its comments.

Strong Support For First Lightning Strike By Equality Staff (Public and Commercial Services Union 04/05/11)

Short Sharp Strikes By Equality Watchdogs (Public and Commercial Services Union 03/05/11): Members of PCS at the Equality and Human Rights Commission will hold lightning walkouts in a dispute over cuts which would neuter the commission and end its services to the public.

May: Reforms for Equality and Human Rights Commission (Government Equalities Office, 21/03/11)

Major reforms to Equality and Human Rights Commission (Home Office 21/03/11)

EHRC Comment on the announcement of the consultation (EHRC 22/03/11)

Equality Commission To Face ‘Major Surgery’ (Guardian 21/03/11): Consultation paper expected to restrict EHRC’s activities to core functions and to demand tighter financial management

 

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