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Call for Evidence

The role of the GEO: embedding equalities across Government

Terms of Reference

The Committee invites written submissions addressing the following terms of reference:

• The structure and function of the GEO and its location in the Cabinet Office: how effectively does this enable it to support cross-departmental work on equalities, including the collection and analysis of equalities data?

• The GEO’s role in supporting compliance with international obligations including the UN Conventions and Sustainable Development Goals;

• The role of Minister for Women and Equalities: what does it mean for this to be a dual-departmental role? How robustly does it champion equalities across Government?

• The GEO’s role in highlighting the numerous equalities issues which have been exacerbated by the pandemic;

• The inquiry will also consider the new approaches and initiatives which Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss announced in her speech on fighting for fairness at the Centre for Policy Studies on Dec 16 2020, including the implications of the GEO taking on sponsorship of the Social Mobility Commission.

You can submit evidence until Wednesday 17 February.

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