Equality duty review has exposed the Red Tape Challenge as a waste of public money, says TUC

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date: 6 September 2013

embargo: For immediate release

Commenting on the government's review of the public sector equality duty published today (Friday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

'This review has exposed the government's Red Tape Challenge as a waste of taxpayers' money.

'The fact that businesses have failed to engage with it shows they are far too concerned with real issues like access to finance to humour a futile political exercise.

'The review has however highlighted where the public sector duty has made a difference to people's lives. It was the duty for example that halted the government's disgraceful 'Go Home' vans, which drove through London over the summer.

'Ministers should use this review to help public bodies share best practice on how to use the duty more effectively.'

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