Liz Truss urges official withdrawal from Stonewall diversity scheme

May 31, 2021 by

By Eleni Courea, The Times:

Liz Truss, the equalities minister, is pushing for all government departments to withdraw from Stonewall’s employment scheme following a row over transgender rights.

Truss, also the international trade secretary, has told officials that she believes that government bodies should withdraw from the diversity champions scheme run by the equality group.

Several organisations and bodies, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the employment dispute service Acas, have both withdrawn “for cost reasons”. A source close to Truss said she shared the concerns raised by the EHRC over the scheme’s value for money, particularly as the civil service has its own in-house workplace diversity programme.

The Times understands that responsibility for co-ordinating participation in the scheme rests with the Cabinet Office.

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