Treasury: Equality

Treasury written question – answered at on 23 May 2024.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of staff diversity networks in his Department in each of the last five years.

Photo of Gareth Davies Gareth Davies The Exchequer Secretary

The Government has audited the cost-effectiveness of all equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) activities, through the review of EDI spending announced last June.

On 14th May the Minister without Portfolio made a written statement on the latest findings from the review. In response to these findings, the Cabinet Office is publishing the Civil Service EDI Expenditure Guidance. This includes an end to all external spending on EDI activity, unless cleared and authorised by Ministers.

Further guidance on diversity staff networks is being developed, and we will seek to publish additional data on historic spending to assist transparency in this area.

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