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Homes and Communities Agency: Equality

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used to select the members of the Homes and Communities Agency's Diversity and Equality Working Group; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The Homes and Communities Agency established an Equality and Diversity Board Advisory Group in June 2009. The Advisory Group acts in an advisory capacity for the agency on diversity and equality issues in relation to its operations as well as organisational issues. It has no authority over the activities of the board, executive management team, staff or the agency's resources. Its terms of reference are available at:

http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/equality-and-diversity-advisory-group

Members serve a term of three years. The group has an independent Chair, Dorian Leatham, appointed by the Homes and Communities Agency's Board. Professor Peter Roberts represents the Agency Board. The Homes and Communities Agency directly appointed three members based on specific areas of expertise with the remaining eight members being selected and appointed in April 2009 following an open competition. All members of the group are expected to demonstrate an expertise and commitment to equality and diversity as well as an understanding of housing and regeneration. Group members are not paid (beyond reasonable travel and subsistence claims).

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