Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Equality and Human Rights Commission

An independent public body created by the Equality Act 2006 (UK), merging the functions (and bureaucrats) of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), each of which dealt with some aspect of inequality. The EHRC is responsible for promoting and enforcing equality and non-discrimination laws in the UK related to race, gender, age, sexual orientation and religion, and to promote and protect human rights in the UK. As a non-departmental public body (“quango”), it is separate and independent from Government but still accountable for its public funds.
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EHRC commissioner Ann Beynon said: "Younger people are not faring well in terms of employment, pay and housing and they are more likely to experience poor mental health than five years ago.
He said: "It is the case that the EHRC will be needed even more in Birmingham, where we have a multicultural society with over a third of the city from an ethnic background who need support, advice and guidance.
Susie Uppal, director of legal enforcement at the EHRC, said: "Political parties, like any other organisation, are obliged to respect the law and not discriminate against people who wish to become members.
This should not be a purely London-based organisation that the EHRC leader, Trevor Phillips, is proposing.
EHRC spokesman Alun Thomas told the Daily Post: "Calls claiming employment discrimination were more common than those about accessing services in north and mid Wales.
EHRC chief executive Mark Hammond, said: "Gender segregation in our universities and higher educational establishments is a controversial issue.
However, the Government needs to ensure that measures to protect this right also take into account the need to be proportionate in its counter-terrorism proposals and ensure that they are justified by evidence and effectiveness," said John Wadham, group director at the EHRC.
A report published by the EHRC today shows "almost no progress" has been made after its Who Runs Wales?
The EHRC has said that the proposals are likely to have a negative impact on privacy, especially in concern to certain groups such as disabled people, the elderly, children and the transgendered community.
An EHRC spokeswoman said: "The old, polarising debate about black and white is changing and the next generation will not see race in the same way we see it.
The UUK has requested help from the EHRC in establishing clarity about the legal position, after the guidance it published last month sparked protests from students and outrage from some politicians.
The new EHRC report, however, found good progress had been made in employing more ethnic minority officers but parts of the service still retain the "canteen culture".