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How we work with Government

The Commission and the Government

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory arm’s length body established by the Equality Act 2006. We operate independently of the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments.

While our funding is provided by the Minister for Women and Equalities and we often work with Government to seek to influence progress on equality and human rights, we do not carry out Government business or perform its functions on its behalf.

Framework document

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a framework document, setting out our relationship with Government and how we operate independently as an arm’s length body. Our sponsor unit is the Government Equalities Office within the Department for Education. 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 the operational independence of the Commission.

The document details how the Commission operates in areas such as spending controls, recruitment and answering parliamentary questions in way that ensures it is able to fulfil its statutory functions while remaining fully accountable for its corporate performance and use of public funds.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2018