Disability Unit and Government Equalities Office

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 21st February 2022.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government to provide the (1) budget, and (2) staffing at each grade, for the (a) Disability Unit, and (b) Government Equalities Office.

Photo of Baroness Stedman-Scott Baroness Stedman-Scott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

From 1st April 2021, the Equality Hub received a budget settlement covering all units - the Government Equalities Office, the Disability Unit, the Race Disparity Unit and the Social Mobility Commission. This settlement for the 2021/22 financial year was £18.6m. Within this, the Government Equalities Office budget for 2021/22 as of January 2022 is £9.5m and the Disability Unit budget is £3.6m.

With regards to staffing, the latest staffing allocation - on a full-time equivalent basis - is shown in the table below.

SCS2

SCS1

G6

G7

SEO

HEO

EO

TOTAL

GEO

0.25

4

10

28.3

27.4

28.4

10.5

108.85

DU

0.25

1.2

1.8

6.6

9.6

2.2

1

22.65

Budgets and staffing allocations for future years are currently being determined and we will provide the usual update to the Women and Equalities Committee in due course.

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