Assessing the Impact of Budget Cuts
The Irish Times reports on a new publication by the Equality and Rights Alliance. Entitled Downgrading Equality and Human Rights: Assessing the Impact this report says that budget cuts imposed in 2008 have had a “significant” impact on the work of the Human Rights Commission and an “unquantifiable” impact on the work of the Equality Authority. The Irish Times quotes the ERA chairman Joanna McMinn as saying that the research reported confirms that:
“motives to cut the budgets of these two bodies last autumn really lie in political choices to reconfigure institutions of the State to reduce the values of equality, rights and solidarity”.
The report will be published in full next week.