About the Commission in Wales

Equality and Human Rights in Wales

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

The purpose of the Commission in Wales is to ensure that GB policy-making reflects the needs of Wales and to deliver a programme of work in Wales.

The Commission has three statutory committees which are responsible for ensuring that the overall work of the Commission reflects the needs and priorities of Scotland and Wales and the interests of disabled people, as well as developing their own specific work programmes and taking a lead role in working with our stakeholders. Each committee is chaired by one of our commissioners and supported by a lead officer.

To achieve its purpose the Wales Directorate will:

  • Work with the Wales Committee to ensure that Wales needs are taken into account in the GB business plan and implement a programme of work appropriate to Wales
  • Co-ordinate all aspects of the Commission's work in Wales to maximise impact, minimise risk and add value to the GB strategy
  • Build a strong evidence base that enables the Commission to speak authoritatively on policy issues and with clarity on what needs to change
  • Find the synergy between the Commission and Government agendas and develop influencing strategies to deliver the Commission's objectives in Wales
  • Communicate the Commission's objectives persuasively to engage with stakeholders and generate action
  • Use the Commission's legal powers to improve access to justice and promote a fair and just society

Welsh Language Scheme

In compliance with the terms of the Welsh Language Act 1993, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in conjunction with the Welsh Language Board, has developed the Equality and Human Rights Commissions Welsh Language Scheme.

The scheme was approved by the board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 25 March 2010. It recieved approval from the Welsh Language Board on 20 April 2010. We will now launch the scheme throughout the Equality and Human Rights Commission and to the general public.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has adopted the principle, so far as it is both appropriate in the circumstances and reasonably practicable, that in the conduct of its public business in Wales, it will treat the English and Welsh languages on a basis of equality. This scheme sets out how we will give effect to that principle.

A copy of the Welsh Language Scheme is available for download.

If, after having read it, you have any comments or queries, please contact Equality Human Rights Commission in Wales.

Equality and Human Rights Commission
1 Caspian Point
Caspian Way
Cardiff Bay
CF10 4DQ

Email: wales@equalityhumanrights.com

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