The Women and Equalities Committee held two evidence sessions this week. The first session was on the work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and collaboration between the Commission, Acas, and the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS) helpline. The second session focussed on the Race Disparity Audit and the policy implications
Work of the EHRC
In this session the Committee heard from:
- Sir Brendan Barber, Chair, The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)
- Alex Hayes, Managing Director (Employment Support Services), G4S
- Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
This session followed up on issues raised at a previous session on older people and employment, which drew attention to the issue of collaboration between the Commission, Acas, and the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS) helpline.
The session explored the nature, extent and effectiveness of the relationship between the organisations and considered how their individual roles work together in tackling discrimination and inequality.
Race Disparity Audit
In the second session the Committee heard from:
- Nicola Braganza, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
- David Green, Director, Civitas
- Sado Jirde, Director, Black Southwest Network
- Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future
The Committee's questioning focussed on the Audit's Summary Document, and whether the findings outlined are the most pressing concerns, as well as the next steps for the Audit and the actions being taken by Government Departments.
The Committee also asked whether the Audit showed that the Government was in breach of the Equality Act and what data sets should be added to the Audit in the future