Commissions greet draft equality bill

The Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial
Equality have welcomed the Single Equality Bill, launched for
consultation this week.

But both organisations continue to have concerns about the
creation of a single equality body, which would be introduced under
the bill.

Attending the launch of the two-month consultation on the bill,
the CRE’s deputy chairperson Beverley Bernard said the organisation
would welcome a single commission but only “subject to certain
principles and standards in relation to scope, powers,
effectiveness and resources”.

A spokesperson for the DRC said: “We also have reservations
about a single equality body, which the bill would introduce, in
terms of the priority and resources accorded to disability and the
extent of its powers.”

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