Published: 21st Feb 2012

It seems central government no longer regards equality as a priority – and that makes the role of local commissioners more crucial than ever, says Matthew Jackson The coalition government’s policies around public service reform and localism have left commissioners in the public sector in a difficult position when it comes to equalities issues and considerations. The government’s ideologies, austerity measures and reform policies have seen the gradual stripping away of the importance of equalities to be replaced by the rather clumsy and meaningless notion of fairness. This backing away from equality by central government has implications for the value of the Equality Act 2010. As highlighted in new research by CLES and the North West Infrastructure Partnership (NWIP), it also has ramifications for specialist services, equalities infrastructure and governance, the equalities focused voluntary and community sector, and importantly, equality of opportunity at the local level. This is all particularly … (To read the full article, subscribe below)