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Chair comments on Equality Commission's decision to investigate BBC over pay discrimination

12 March 2019

DCMS Committee Chair Damian Collins has commented on news that the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into suspected past pay discrimination against women at the BBC.

Chair's comment

"I am pleased that the Equality and Human Rights Commission will now be investigating the matter of equal pay at the BBC. The Select Committee set out its concerns in our recent report on the BBC that they had failed in their obligations to ensure that men and women were being paid equally for work of equal value.

“Having taken evidence from many women at the BBC, the Committee is also concerned that there remain a number of outstanding grievance cases with no clear end date in sight for their resolution. It is right that the EHRC will not just be reviewing whether there were discriminatory pay policies at the BBC, but also the effectiveness of the system for grievances to be heard fairly. This has clearly been a very distressing time for many BBC employees, and we would all like to see these matters brought to a successful conclusion."

Further information

The DCMS Committee carried out its own inquiry into BBC Pay, reporting in October last year. A further report commenting on and including the BBC's response to the original report was published in January.

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