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Equality and Human Rights Commission

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Equality and Human Rights Commission has to set performance indicators for local authorities to measure (a) equality, and (b) diversity. [HL3156]

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has no plans to set performance indicators for local authorities. However, local authorities and all other public bodies do have legal obligations to promote equality, under the public sector equality duties. The commission is working with the Audit Commission, and other inspectorates, to develop ways of ensuring local authorities meet those obligations within the context of local area agreements and comprehensive area assessment, and the agreed framework of existing indicators, so that good performance on equality is recognised as central to overall performance. The commission has also worked with the Improvement Development Agency to revise its equality framework, which is a voluntary tool to support local authorities in improving performance on equality.