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Combined Equality and Human Rights Commission

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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