Staff reductions at the Equality and Human Rights Commission

03 August 2011

Contrary to media reports today, staff numbers at the Commission have been reduced since the last election falling from 488 in May 2010 to 426 by July this year. The reduction includes 45 people who have left the Commission through a voluntary exit scheme. It also takes into account 15 people who joined the Commission on secondments from other parts of the public sector, one person on a fixed term contract and one new permanent employee – all of whom are in business critical posts.

Chief Executive Mark Hammond said:

'We have reduced our staff numbers since May 2010 and this trend will continue during the next year or so as we aim to have around 200 staff in the future.'

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Notes to editors

The Parliamentary Question asked by Mr Redwood MP and response given by the Commission to the Home Office was as follows:

Parliamentary Question, 12 July 2011

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) recruited and (b) made redundant from (i) her Department and (ii) each non-departmental body for which she is responsible since May 2010.

MP: Mr John Redwood
Party: Con

Equality and Human Rights Commission Answer:
a. One permanent person has been recruited since May 2010
b. Nil

The Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.