Creating a fairer Britain
Using its unique powers, the Commission conducted a section 31 Assessment of the extent to which HM Treasury met its legal obligations to consider the impact of Spending Review decisions on protected groups. The final report sets out the main findings from this work, which concludes that overall, there was a serious effort by ministers and officials to meet their obligations, for example:
There are also examples of good practice. However, in three cases, the Commission's detailed examination was unable to establish whether or not the decisions were in full accord with the requirements of the duty because of a lack of clarity as to
a) where the true site of the decisions lay and
b) whether or not some decisions were the responsibility of other government departments or the government as a whole.
The Commission has therefore made various recommendations, which we believe will better assure future compliance and good practice in cross-government spending reviews, including:
We will work with HM Treasury and other government departments to ensure that the impact of the 2010 Spending Review on protected groups is understood as the measures are rolled out over the next two to three years.