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EHRC report shows why government policies must be 'equality proofed' for impact on women and minority groups

Responding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) assessment of the 2010 Spending Review published yesterday (Monday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'The findings from the EHRC investigation should help the government pay closer attention to the impact its policies are having on women and minority groups.

'The assessment also shows how the equality duty is helping public sector bodies to 'equality proof' policies and ensure that there is more evidence behind crucial government decisions.

'But no duty however strong can undo the damage caused by the government's austerity programme, which has sent women's unemployment to a 25-year high and led to the scaling back and closure of thousands of charities that provide vital support to minority groups.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk

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