CRE votes against merger with other equality bodies

    The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) “unequivocally
    rejected” proposals to merge with other anti-discrimination
    bodies believing the move would “significantly dilute its
    work”, writes Shirley Kumar.

    The 13 commissioners voted 11-2 to reject government plans to
    create a single body for anyone facing discrimination by merging
    the CRE with the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability
    Rights Commission to create the new Commission for Equality and
    Human Rights (CEHR).

    CRE spokesperson said the merger, proposed in the White Paper
    Fairness for All lacks any proposal for a single equality act,
    would fail to protect religious groups and comes at a time
    “demands on the CRE are at an all time high due to
    Islamophobia, asylum and immigration at the top of the political
    agenda.”

    Their decision was prompted by “negativity and little
    support” from black and ethnic minority communities during
    regional consultation meetings.

    A more detailed response to the government will be published on
    August 9.

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