The TUC has written to the Home Secretary to warn that sharp cutbacks to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - resulting in fewer staff, reduced grants for charities and voluntary groups providing discrimination advice and casework, as well as the closure of its specialised helpline and regional offices. This could lead to the depletion of advice and support for victims of discrimination.
The TUC believes that these cut backs are particularly damaging as they come on top of big cuts to local authority-funded support to advice centres across the UK, including Citizens Advice Bureaux and a number of domestic violence charities.
The TUC is also urging the government to publish the results of its consultation on reforming the EHRC. It is concerned that the proposed reforms will undermine the independence and effectiveness of the statutory equality and human rights body and could mean it loses its 'A' status accreditation from the United Nations. This accreditation gives the EHRC full participation rights at the UN Human Rights Council and access to other UN bodies.
Download TUC letter to Rt Hon Theresa May MP [PDF]
Issued: 28 February, 2012