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Equality: Regional Planning and Development

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what funding (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission has given to regional equality and diversity partnerships to date. (253779)

(a) The Government Equalities Office has made no such payments.

(b) The Equality and Human Rights Commission has to date funded the Greater Manchester centre for voluntary organisation (GMCVO) and the Regional Action Involvement South East (RAISE). Both organisations work to develop equality and diversity partnerships at regional level. The GMCVO collaborates with and assists organisations that work across all the mandate areas (sometimes known as equality strands). The RAISE is actively consulting upon the viability of a south-east regional equalities network.