The DTI has, this morning, announced changes to its plans for a single Combined Equality and Human Rights Commission ('CEHR'), which is intended to incorporate / replace bodies such as the EOC, CRE and DRC from 2008/09.
These changes are being made in response to widespread consultation which took place over the summer.
The main changes include that the CEHR will:
- have freedom to set its own priorities over which equality cases it supports: there will be no statutory criteria;
- be able to bring certain proceedings in its own name (without reference to the Secretary of State)
- be able to conduct inquiries into named bodies or sectors;
- publish a regular 'state of the nation' report.
DTI Press Release 18/11/04 @ 11.45am