Women and Equalities Committee

Work of the Government Equalities Office inquiry

Inquiry status: open

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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.

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