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Women and Equalities Committee
In the long term, the GEO’s next move should be to the Cabinet Office. There, it should co-ordinate and monitor work across Whitehall on all equalities strands, with a remit to hold individual departments’ feet to the fire on mainstreaming equalities in their own policy areas.
The part-time nature of the role of Minister for Women and Equalities contributes to instability, reduces its capacity and risks giving the impression that these issues are an afterthought rather than a thread that ought to run through all government policymaking.
The Minister should also find a long-term home in the Cabinet Office as a full-time role.
Evidence given by Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women and Equalities
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Women and Equalities Committee examines the work of the Government Equalities Office