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Commission Chair welcomes new Equality Bill

Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission, today said the Equality Bill will 'remove the roadblocks to finding the talent to drive our economic recovery.'
Responding to the publication of the Bill Mr. Phillips continued: 'When the upturn comes we must be ready to ensure every great idea, every hard worker in every corner of this diverse nation contributes to rebuilding our economy. Britain’s got talent – but we can’t leave it to Simon Cowell to find it all.'

The Bill will simplify legislation, improve public services, help business perform, extend protection to a wide range of groups that face discrimination and help Britain become a fairer society.

'The facts tell us we mustn’t assume that progress will happen without legislation. In two years time just 20 per cent of the workforce will be made up of white, non-disabled men. Our failure to open up employment opportunities to disabled people costs us £9bn a year. The economic cost of not allowing women to fulfil their potential is £23bn.

'In Britain we know the value of talent, innovation and creativity. Our recovery and future success depends on seeking it out and making sure everyone has an equal chance to take part and is not discriminated against because of out-of-date ideas about what people can achieve.

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April 28, 2009

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