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Phillips Takes Philosophical Approach to CEHR's Budget

Magazine article Public Finance

Phillips Takes Philosophical Approach to CEHR's Budget

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The chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights has rejected claims that the planned new body has been 'downsized' with a budget less than half the size experts said it needed.

'I know the standard position for someone like me is to come In and say: "It's an outrage, we're being downsized",' CEHR chair Trevor Phillips told MPs on April 24. 'But tet's be straight about this: nobody would want to bring together these commissions if we weren't going to enjoy some economies of scale.'

The CEHR launches in October and is an amalgamation of the existing commissions for race, diseability and equal opportunities.

The Equal Opportunities Commission has argued that the CEHR should have an operating budget of £125m, and a start-up budget of £80m. Instead, it will receive £70m and £24m.

'It would be great to have more,' said Phillips. …

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