Specific duties consultation response

On 30 September the Commission submitted its formal response to the Government Equalities Office's consultation - 'Equality Bill: Making it work. Policy Proposals for specific duties', which was open from June to September 2009.

Summary

This consultation response focuses on the proposed shape of the Specific Duties, however the Commission believes that in order to derive a coherent set of Specific Duties there must be greater clarity about the purpose and focus of the General Duty.  The Commission shares the Government's desire to improve equality outcomes and believes that there should be clarity on the face of the Equality Bill regarding how such outcomes are defined.  Specific duties should be focused on ensuring and enabling public authorities to demonstrate the achievement of those equality outcomes, rather than processes.

Download our response in full (Word). 

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