We aim to secure an effective legal and regulatory framework for equality and human rights by influencing legislative and policy developments and by using our statutory powers.


Section 31 Assessment of HM Treasury

In May 2012, we published a landmark report of the extent to which HM Treasury met its legal obligations to consider the impact of the Government's 2010 Spending Review on people with protected characteristics. Since the Report, the Commission has been working with HM Treasury and others on the recommendations.

Inquiry into the home care system in England

Our new report reveals disturbing evidence that the poor treatment of many older people is breaching their human rights and that hundreds of thousands of older people lack protection under the Human Rights Act

Key legislation

Equality Act 2010

Find out about our work to support the creation of the Equality Act 2010, including new guidance on the law that came into force from 1 October 2010.

Disability harassment inquiry final report

Our report reveals that hundreds of thousands of disabled people regularly experience violence and bullying, much of which is going unrecognised by public authorities and makes recommendations to help deal with the problems uncovered.

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Areas of work

Bill of Rights

As an accredited National Human Rights Institution, we have been contributing to the Parliamentary debate about a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Britain to ensure protections currently provided by the Human Rights Act.

Consultation responses

We have responded to a number of consultations issued by government departments and other agencies. See also our human rights submissions to national and international human rights bodies.

Human rights legal powers

Our intervention to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on four cases relating to alleged religious discrimination in the workplace. Read more


Inquiries and Assessments

The Commission has statutory powers to investigate and conduct inquiries and assessments into aspects of equality and human rights and make recommendations for change.

Parliamentary briefings

As part of our work to influence policy and legal developments, we produce briefing papers on issues of relevance to our work.


We use our enforcement powers in various ways including assessment, interventions, agreements and notices.

Legal updates

Key case summaries and developments in discrimination law.