We are a statutory body (an organisation created by parliament) established by the Equality Act 2006.
We operate independently of the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments.
Our funding is provided by the Government Equalities Office and we often work with government to influence progress on equality and human rights.
However, we do not carry out government business or perform its functions.
We have a framework document setting out our relationship with government and how we operate independently.
The framework document was drawn up in partnership with the Department for Education.
It was developed to be consistent with the provisions of the Equality Act 2006 and the requirements of the Paris Principles, which enshrine our operational independence.
The document details how we operate in areas such as:
- spending controls
- responding to parliamentary questions whilst fulfilling our statutory functions and remaining accountable for our corporate performance and use of public funds
Last updated: 06 Feb 2019