Equality and Human Rights Commission: Finance
Women and Equalities
John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington, Labour)
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2012, Official Report, column 193W, on the Equality and Human Rights Commission: finance, and with reference to page 34 of the EHRC’s response to the Government consultation on building a fairer Britain, whether the Government Equalities Office has changed the planned cumulative changes to the EHRC budget.
Lynne Featherstone (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Equalities Office; Hornsey and Wood Green, Liberal Democrat)
Following the Government’s spending review, we announced in October 2010 that we will be reducing the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) budget by over half, from £55 million in 2010-11 to £26 million in 2014-15. We are in the process of finalising the EHRC’s budget for 2012-13. The EHRC’s budget allocations for 2013-14 and beyond have not been set.
In March 2011, we set out plans to reform the EHRC; we will respond to the consultation shortly.