Equality and Human Rights Commission set to review temporary comms staff

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is set to review its temporary comms staff and forthcoming campaigns as it has been ordered to cut 15 per cent from its budget.

Headquarters: Equality and Human Rights Commission
Headquarters: Equality and Human Rights Commission

The announcement that the EHRC will expect to face cuts of around £7m from its £60m budget is the latest news of the coalition government's austerity measures.

The cuts to the equalities watchdog has forced it to review its staffing, marketing and programme of grants to combat discrimination.

A spokesman said that the cuts would have an impact on the quango’s public relations activities, particularly its events. Temporary comms staff may also be cut.

Director general of the commission Neil Kinghan said: ‘Like other public bodies the commission has brought in measures including a freeze in spending on advertising, marketing, consultancies and freezing recruitment apart from important frontline and business critical areas. We are also significantly cutting the number of temporary staff.’

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