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Single Equality Scheme

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources are available from his Department to educational institutions to assist them enacting the Higher Education Funding Council for England single equality scheme; and if he will make a statement. (99668)

There are no resources specifically targeted at implementing the single equality scheme as it does not make any additional requirements on institutions. Higher education institutions are individually subject to the requirements of equality legislation and the single equality scheme is designed to complement the work that is taking place and to offer support and guidance where needed. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) also funds the Equality Challenge Unit to support the HE sector in the UK.

In allocating £6.5 billion to HEFCE this year to distribute between higher education providers, we drew particular attention to the responsibilities institutions have in relation to equal opportunities and said we expected to see them continuing to contribute fully in this area.