On March 27th, the EHRC published its strategic plan for 2012 to 2015. The plan identifies how the Commission can protect and promote equality and human rights through its role as the National Human Rights Institution.

The Commission’s 2012/15 strategic plan is the result of widespread consultation with partners, stakeholders and the public. It identifies three strategic priorities for the country which were identified from the research carried out for its ‘How fair is Britain?’ reviews. These are:

  •  To promote fairness and equality of opportunity in Britain’s future economy
    The Commission will be proportionate in dealing with the business sector, ensuring that equality and human rights are understood as key enablers of the economic recovery, rather than being seen as unnecessary ‘red tape’. At the same time, it will work to ensure that in a period of economic constraint, progress on issues like the pay gap, occupational segregation, board diversity and workplace discrimination does not stall. The Commission will encourage small and medium sized enterprises in particular to increase opportunities for employment for those who are protected by the equality acts.
  •  To promote fair access to public services, and autonomy and dignity in service delivery
    The Commission’s contribution will be to ensure that fairness, dignity and respect are at the heart of designing and delivering effective public services, particularly as the private and voluntary sectors play a bigger role. Harnessing the power of transparency, the Commission will identify the best ways of delivering more personal, better value services to those that need them most; promote good practice; and help local people across Britain hold service providers to account.
  • To promote dignity and respect, and safeguard people’s safety
    The Commission’s contribution will be to ensure human rights provide a framework to shape how the state relates to its citizens, and when it justifiably constrains our fundamental rights and freedoms. The Commission will press for greater recognition of the positive duties on public bodies to prevent harm, as well as avoid inflicting it themselves.

A copy of the Commission’s Strategic Plan can be found at: www.equalityhumanrights.com/strategicplan 

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