Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

The EHRC is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) established under the Equality Act 2006 – accountable for its public funds, but independent of government. The new Commission builds on the legacy left by the previous commissions – the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality, and the Disability Rights Commission. It brings together the work of the three previous equality commissions and also takes on responsibility for the other aspects of equality: age, sexual orientation and religion or belief, as well as human rights.

The EHRC has recently published 'Fairness. A new contract with the public' (July 2008) in response to the Government’s proposals for a Single Equality Bill.

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