Revamped equality body wins approval

    Campaigners have welcomed revised proposals for the new single
    equality body contained in the Equality Bill published last
    week.

    The Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial
    Equality said that the proposals for the Commission for Equality
    and Human Rights were a considerable improvement on those put
    forward in the white paper on the commission published in May.

    DRC chair Bert Massie said that proposals for a fully resourced
    disability committee within the commission would ensure that
    disability rights did not become marginalised. But he also warned
    that the DRC would need to ensure that “the promises of resources
    translate into action”.

    The DRC had argued that there needed to be “specific provisions”
    within the new single commission to ensure that disabled people’s
    needs were met. Massie added that the revised body was now “well
    placed” to help deliver equality and fairness for disabled
    people.

    He said that the equalities review launched by the government
    last month to look at the underlying causes of disadvantage was a
    “real opportunity” to make progress on creating single equality
    legislation.

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