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Equality and Human Rights Commission

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour/Co-operative, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what additional resources her Department plans to make available to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to help it perform its role as regulator for the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, Minister for Women and Equalities

As an independent public body, decisions on the allocation of resources within the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s overall budget are matters for the Commission. In the current financial year, the EHRC has an allocated budget of £17.7m and has revised its allocated funding for enforcement of these regulations using existing funds.

The Government Equalities Office monitors the volume of complaints about accessible websites made in the first instance to the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS), and is satisfied that this remains well within the current budgets of both the EASS and the EHRC. This position will be kept under review.

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