What Price Equality?. The impact of the proposed cuts and members’ vision for the future of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Equality and Human Rights Commission: Impact of the proposed cuts.
The impact of the proposed cuts and members’ vision for
the future of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
PCS & Unite have over 360 members at the Commission. Our members are experts in their field, committed and deeply concerned about the attack on equalities represented by the planned cuts. This is their vision.
The Commission acts as a single source of information to individuals, public authorities and businesses on people’s rights and responsibilities under equality legislation and tackles discrimination. It provides an essential two-pronged approach of preventative and enforcement capabilities at a time when Britain faces many challenges.
In its first two years the Commission has:
…to name but a few achievements, all this at a cost of around just £1 a year per person living in Britain.
A future-proofed Commission
At a time of such cuts its vital we maintain our legal enforcement
powers, our advisory role and our connection with the grassroots
however, the proposed cuts would mean:
Drastic cuts to the Commission’s legal work:
Loss of the Helpline:
Loss of Grants function:
Loss of the Regional teams:
‘There is no question in my mind that there will be a Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) presence throughout the country. We will also begin a consultation... about grant-giving, which is particularly directed at ensuring that the Race Equality Council network, which the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) currently has, continues but that we develop parallel structures with the voluntary sector to make sure that we have local presence and local partners.
Our job is not just sitting in a bunker in London or Manchester but a substantial proportion of our resource is finding its way out to local schemes, local projects, that advance the interests of equality and human rights.’
Trevor Phillips, Communities and Local Government Select Committee - Sixth Report, 16 July 2007
We see a future in which an outward looking well-resourced Commission, in touch with the grassroots concerns and needs of ordinary people, provides much needed advice, assistance and support to the people of Britain as we negotiate these difficult economic times.