Lobby MP's on the single equalities body committee
The proposals under the equality bill will abolish the major statutory instrument for upholding race equality (the Commission for Racial Equality) and provide no guarantee of a voice for those with the lived experience of race discrimination. We are in danger of relinquishing all the gains made over the past thirty years.
The MP's Standing Committee will be discussing the Bill, which will establish a new single equalities body (Commission for Equality and Human Rights). We urge you to express your concerns to its members before it is too late. Click on the link below and use the following points as a guide for your message.
Click here to Email the Standing Committee
Areas of concern to include in your message:
- The abolishment of The Commission for Racial Equality will see the end of the only statutory body dedicated to fighting racism.
- The Single Equalities Bill and the CEHR fall short in the areas of representation, resources and access:
- There is no provision in the Single Equalities Bill for a race equality committee (disability groups successfully and rightly lobbied for a statutory disability committee and commissioner which will be implemented.)
- No statutory guarantee for Black commissioners, or commissioners representing other strands except for one commissioner who will be a disabled person
- The CEHR is proposed to be located in Manchester. London is currently home to nearly half of the 4.6 million Black, Asian and minority ethnic people living in Britain and would be a more appropriate location for a National base.
- Local Race Equality Councils could eventually be abolished.
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