Equality

Treasury written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost of people employed for the purpose of promoting equality and diversity was for each of the last five years.

Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

In common with other Government Departments HM Treasury seeks to promote equality of opportunity for all its employees.

Table 1 gives the total expenditure in each of the last five financial years on promoting equality and diversity.

Table 1
  £
2008-09 75,665
2009-10 107,199
2010-11 139,465
2011-12 96,663
2012-13 156,018
1 2008-12 the salary cost for a support worker for an employee with a disability was met from the diversity budget. In 2012-13 this cost (HM Treasury Range C, salary range £21,837-£27,970) was met from the employee's team budget.

The expenditure detailed in Table 1 includes funding for reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities as required by the disability section of the Equality Act.

Staff costs on promoting equality and diversity are (i) one full-time equivalent employee at HM Treasury Range D/D2 in last five years (in current pay range £31,000 to £45,000) and (ii) from April 2013, 20% of an HR Business Partner leading on diversity at HM Treasury Range E (in current pay range £45,283-£64,498).

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