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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 Standards

On 25 July 2016, the Commission of Equality and Human Rights (EHRC) was presented by the Welsh Language Commissioner with:

Compliance Notice – Section 44 Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011

This notice

  • sets out, or refers to, one or more standards specified by the Welsh Ministers under section 26(1), and
  • requires a body (EHRC in this instance) to comply with the standard or standards set out or referred to.

The compliance notice remains in force unless, and until, it is revoked. The EHRC’s Welsh language scheme will cease to apply on 25 January 2017 the day in which the EHRC is required to comply with the standards for the first time.

Read about the Welsh Language Standards imposed on the EHRC.

Download 'Implementing the Welsh Language Standards', a document outlining how the EHRC intends to comply with the standards (PDF) (Word). 

Our contact details

Wales office correspondence address:

Equality and Human Rights Commission
Block 1, Spur D
Government Buildings
St Agnes Road
CF14 4YY

We welcome correspondence in Welsh. We will respond to it in Welsh. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to delay.

Telephone: 02920 447710 (non helpline calls only) (We welcome phone calls in Welsh)

Fax: 02920 447712


Media enquiries

If you work in the media and wish to speak to our press office, please call 02920 447710

Last updated: 25 Jan 2017