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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, Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Head, Government Equalities Office
Women and Equalities Committee examines the work of the Government Equalities Office