Review of public bodies

On 14 October 2010, the Government published the Public Body Review. The Equality and Diversity Forum issued a press statement in response to the publication.

The Review confirmed the following changes:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission, sponsored by the Government Equalities Office, will be retained but with substantial reforms to better focus on its core regulatory functions and improved use of taxpayers’ money.

The Women’s National Commission (WNC), sponsored by the Government Equalities Office, will be abolished and its core functions brought into the Government Equalities Office, which will ensure direct Ministerial engagement with women and women’s organisations.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner, sponsored by the Department for Education, was identified as subject to a formal review to be finalised by the end of November 2010.

Click here for announcement on Downing Street website

Click here for Equality and Diversity Forum press release

Click here for letter from Baroness Joyce Gould, Chair of the Women’s National Commission, to WNC partners informing them of the decision