Government Equalities Office (GEO) designs a new information, advice and support service on discrimination and human rights
The Government has decided that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will cease to have a grant-making function from April 2012. The EHRC helpline will also not be funded from April 2012. Instead, GEO will procure a new advice and information service. GEO held consultation events in March and April to discuss their ideas for what this new advice and information provision would look like. It is clear that they will spend the bulk of an anticipated £8m over 4 years on a telephone information and advice service.
AdviceUK has met with GEO this week to discuss their plans. GEO told us that they expect to hold events for potential suppliers of new services from mid June and issue a pre-qualification questionnaire in late June/early July.
Click here to access an earlier paper on equality and human rights advice that GEO published in March: http://www.equalities.gov.uk/pdf/Review2.pdf.
GEO’s consultation on the reform of EHRC runs until 15 June. This consultation can be used to submit views on the design of new advice services. For more information about the EHRC reform consultation, click here.
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