Environment Agency and Rural Payments Agency: Equality

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 7 March 2024.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in the (a) the Environment Agency and (b) Rural Payments Agency have job titles which include the words (i) equality, (ii) diversity, (iii) inclusion, (iv) gender, (v) LGBT and (vi) race.

Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There are 8.8 full-time equivalent staff in the Environment Agency who work for a team with the title EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion). None of their job titles individually refer to equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race.

As of 27 February, the Rural Payments Agency has no staff with job titles which include the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race.

The Government is auditing the cost-effectiveness of all activities that support the EDI of the workforce, through the review of EDI spending announced last June. As stated in the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister for the Cabinet Office will be outlining the final proposals in response to the review in due course.

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