Equality Commissions

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Advisory Team On Legal Matters, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What amounts of funding were allocated to (a) the Equal Opportunities Commission; (b) the Commission for Racial Equality; and (c) the Disability Rights Commission for 2005–06; what funding is proposed for each of these commissions in 2006–07; and what criteria were used to decide whether the funding would be reasonably sufficient to enable each commission to perform its public functions.

Photo of Lord Sainsbury of Turville Lord Sainsbury of Turville Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Science and Innovation)

Funding for FY 2006–07 for the CRE and DRC is being planned as follows:

the Home Office intends to allocate a grant-in-aid of £19.1 million to the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE); the planned allocation of grant-in-aid to the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is £20.902 million; this includes provision for work deriving from the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 including the forthcoming public sector duty to promote equality for disabled people.

The relevant sponsor department decides each commission's funding in the light of the commission's plans and departmental priorities.

Officials are finalising the allocation for the Equal Opportunities Commission, including funding in respect of its work to promote the forthcoming gender duty. There have been discussions with the EOC around this. All DTI budgets are currently being finalised in a very tough public expenditure climate.

The resource budget allocation for the EOC for 2005–06 is £9.75 million. This is made up of a baseline funding of £8.005 million plus one-off additional DTI funding of £l.7 million, giving a total of £9.75 million. This included £500,000 that was ring fenced for gender duty work.

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