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UNITED KINGDOM: Equality and Human Rights Commission

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Full name in the national language(s):

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Postal address:
Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8JX

General email address:

Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)

Telephone number:

0808 800 0082



Other social media channels:

Facebook profile: Equality and Human Rights Commission & Youtube

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:


Person of contact for media enquiries:

Louisa Kane

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Rebecca Hilsenrath

Contact Person


Aidan Toomey


Main Informations


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.

Brief history

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).

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Litigation powers
  • Representing in front of courts
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)noyesyesyesyesyes
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate crime
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)381714151110
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano data
  • Collegiate headed equality body (led by a distinct board/commission)
Management details

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

Additional details

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).

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

Commissioners are recruited by open competition for a time limited period.

Senior staff members are recruited by open competition.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no data376218201205201
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesnonoyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesnonoyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesnonoyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesnonoyes
Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
We are accountable to:
  • National Ministry

Related News

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 Calendar 2017

January 13th 2017

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.


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