A single equality body could lead from a comprehensive Government review.
15 May 2002
Barbara Roche, the Minister responsible for equality coordination, said "Equality isn't a minority issue and discrimination is not just about protecting a few, important though that is - it's relevant to all of us. But we also need to achieve a lasting culture change by looking beyond legislation, at the broader economic inequalities that still persist in our society".
Women, black people and people with disabilities were still disadvantaged. A person with a disability was seven times more likely to be out of work than a non-disabled person. Ms Roche said the Government was committed to an open and inclusive review and would be drawing on the expertise of organisations including the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial equality and the Disability Rights Commission.