Department for Work and Pensions: Equality

Department for Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions, which unit in his Department is responsible for equalities.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Every Department across Government has a responsibility for equalities.

Under Public Sector Equality Legislation every person working for the Department has a personal responsibility for implementing and promoting commitment to equality in their day-to-day dealings with everyone – including members of the public, other colleagues, employers and partners.

The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing team are responsible for providing advice on Equality Analysis where activity is colleague facing.

For customer focussed work, the responsibility sits across multiple teams in Policy and Service Delivery.

DWP has a specialist equalities team who can provide their colleagues with advice on equalities-related issues, including the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). Under the PSED, all public authorities, including Government departments, are required by law to ensure that they have due regard to certain equality considerations when carrying out their functions.

The Government is auditing the cost-effectiveness of all equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) activities, through the review of EDI spending announced last June, to ensure value for money for taxpayers. The Minister for Cabinet Office will be outlining the final proposals in response to the review in due course.

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