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The role of the GEO: embedding equalities across Government

Inquiry

The Committee will examine how the Government Equalities Office (GEO) is delivering on its responsibilities, which are:

- improving equality and reducing discrimination and disadvantage for all in the UK;

- taking the lead on the Equality Act 2010 and being the lead department on gender, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues issues in government including the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, and Civil Partnership Act 2004;

- supporting and implementing international equality measures in the UK, including the UK’s international commitments. The inquiry will consider the organisational structure and functioning of the GEO and assess the effectiveness of the role of the Minister for Women and Equalities.

The inquiry will explore cross-cutting Government equalities strategies and consider recommendations for change to embed equalities across Government.