The new Commission for Equality and Human Rights: . . . care providers beware!
PETER GROSE alerts providers to some of the possible ramifications associated with the latest statutory quango.
In my September article outlining why the Human Rights Act should not be extended to private care homes, I explained that care providers should be aware that in October this year, the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) is brought into effect, by the Equality Act 2006. The CEHR will take over the work of three existing commissions: the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). Importantly, the CEHR will be additionally responsible for Human Rights. It will enforce equality legislation on age, disability and health, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourage compliance with the Human Right