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Work for parity in the number of public appointments going to women

Last updated: 12:21pm 21 January 2019

We shall continue to work for parity in the number of public appointments going to women…

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.56

Our verdict

The Centre for Public Appointments found in 2017 that of 5,500 public appointees in post, 43% of appointments were held by women. The government’s stated ambition is that by 2022 that will rise to 50%.

This policy is a pledge to “continue” working to achieve that target. As such, we are looking for any new activity towards this goal in order to mark this policy as ‘done’.

In December 2017, the government launched its Public Appointments Diversity Action Plan, the basis of which is a 10-point plan with five continuing action points and five additional new ones. The Diversity Action Plan also announced the creation of Ministerial Diversity Champions at departmental level to “promote diversity in public appointments, and support chairs of public bodies to develop more inclusive environments on their boards”.

The Diversity Action Plan is evidence that the government is “continuing” its work for parity in the number of public appointments going to women, so based on the wording of this promise we’re marking it as ‘done’.

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