Women and Equalities Committee report (Government and Equality and Human Rights Commission Responses): Enforcing the Equality Act – the law and the role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) have published the responses (pdf) to their Enforcing the Equality Act inquiry from the Equality Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Government.

  • Recommendation 1: The EHRC should significantly increase the volume, transparency and publicity of its enforcement work by making much greater use of its unique enforcement powers, publicising that work and reducing its reliance on individual complainants
  • Recommendation 2:The EHRC should publish data on its enforcement activity, including both formal and informal compliance work.
  • Recommendation 3: The Government should launch a consultation with a view to introducing a scheme to indemnify the EHRC against the risk of high costs for strategically important cases.
  • Recommendation 4: The Government must put in place a mechanism to ensure that every one of its strategies, plans, and policies contain explicit plans to improve enforcement of rights under the Equality Act 2010 in the area that it deals with.

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