Equality and Human Rights Commission
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is an independent statutory body established in 2007. It has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is an independent statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It was launched on 1 October 2007, following the merger of the former Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission for Racial Equality, and the Disability Rights Commission. The EHRC is the independent regulator for equality, human rights and good relations in Britain. Our sponsor government department is the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Publications and reports||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Research projects (including surveys)||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)||38||17||14||15||11||10|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data|
Strategic direction is given by the Board of Commissioners led by the Chair. The Board is responsible for approving the strategic plan, monitoring performance against the plan and ensuring appropriate systems of governance, accountability and control. The
The EHRC has a dual role as NEB (National Equality Body) and NHRI (National Human Rights Institution).
The EHRC works in conjunction with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC).
Commissioners are recruited by open competition for a time limited period.
Senior staff members are recruited by open competition.
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|Race and Ethnic Origin||yes||yes||no||no||yes|
|Religion & Belief||yes||yes||no||no||yes|
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the final products from its three-year programme of work on religion or belief. These consist of three documents: Religion or belief – is the law working?, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the religion or belief legal framework; online guidance for employers on key religion or belief topics; and online training modules on religion or belief for line managers (developed with ACAS) and union managers (developed with the TUC).
Equinet celebrates its 10th birthday this year! As a celebratory gesture, we have put together a 2017 calendar highlighting the work of some of our members across Europe.
In a recent judgement from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the court found that bus companies must end discriminatory ‘first come, first served’ policies, and do more to give priority to wheelchair users. Bus companies should have clear policies in place, and give training to drivers to remove the barriers wheelchair users face when using buses.