The Equality and Human Rights Commission has formally written to the Minister for Women and Equalities to propose that it replaces its statutory disability committee with a new, high level strategic advisory group.
The proposal follows a mandatory review, as set out by the 2006 Equality Act, to determine whether the Disability Committee should continue in its present form. The independent review was carried out by Agnes Fletcher, a former director of the Disability Rights Commission and advisor to government.
The review concluded that there is a continuing need for an independent group which can provide high level strategic direction and guidance to the Commission and noted that the Disability Committee’s direction and guidance has resulted in some significant achievements such as the Commission’s Disability Harassment Inquiry.
News taken from the Equality of Human Rights Commissions website to read more go to http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2013/july/commission-proposes-new-external-advisory-group-on-disability-issues/