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Debate on Government Gender Impact Assessment 14th December 2016

For those of you who missed the House of Commons debate and want to catch up, the link to view it is here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/ad9e3901-a717-4026-8237-53e57ae51a05?in=14:14:42

Opposition day motion "Effect on equality of Autumn Financial Statement 2016".


Based on work by Women's Budget Group and House of Commons Library. Also with reference to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmwomeq/825/82504.htm#_idTextAnchor010

"14.We are disappointed with the Treasury’s response to our questions on how the equalities impact analysis was conducted for the 2015 Spending Review. The Chancellor declined to send a minister to answer questions on the equalities analysis on the grounds that individual departments are responsible for the equalities impacts of their own policies, but then declined to share the submissions that had been provided by those departments. The Treasury’s response to our written questions on the equalities analysis did not fully answer those questions. In the absence of this information and any ministerial evidence, we are unable to form a view of how robust the equalities analysis was or how far the Treasury and the Government complied with the Public Sector Equality Duty in relation to the 2015 Spending Review.

15.The lack of information provided to us demonstrates a concerning lack of transparency. The promotion of transparency is a central aim of the Public Sector Equality Duty requirements, but the Government’s current position does not engender confidence that these requirements are being complied with. In order to maintain public confidence that the Public Sector Equality Duty is being fulfilled, we recommend that the Treasury be independently evaluated on how robustly it has complied with that duty in the 2015 Spending Review process, and on how it can improve its equalities analysis. This evaluation should be carried out by an organisation with the requisite level of expertise. Similar evaluations should be commissioned for the equality analyses accompanying all future spending rounds and fiscal events."