Kate Green MP, Labour's Shadow Equalities Minister, responding to the outcome of the Government's Equalities Red Tape Challenge and the reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:
"At a time when many people across the country are losing their job, feeling financially squeezed and are increasingly worried about poverty, it is disappointing that the Government has chosen to continue watering down those provisions in the Equality Act that are intended to protect and support those who face discrimination and disadvantage.
"The Government claim that cutting back on regulation is essential to getting the economy moving. But it isn't protection from discrimination that has put the country back into recession, it's George Osborne and his policies.
"It is now more important than ever that Government reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission does not lead to the dilution of its role. The EHRC must have the independence and powers necessary - alongside adequate resources - to properly hold the Government to account for its decisions and their impact on equality."