Cuts to HIV service providers/ poor monitoring of the health needs of people living with HIV

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Cuts to HIV service providers/ poor monitoring of the health needs of people living with HIV *

The George House Trust has successfully used the Equality Duty to challenge decisions made to cuts in their funding. They were able to show how a reduction in their funding would significantly harm people living with HIV and consequently the decision to withdraw financial support was reversed. The Brunswick Centre in Calderdale and Kirklees have also experienced poor equality monitoring for gay men with HIV and have used the PSED in order to challenge the lack of service provision for them.  While equality monitoring improved, they were less successful in using the duty to change service access for the LGBT community and the specific health inequalities that disproportionately affect LGBT people.

 

* Source: Joint response to the Government's Review of the Public Sector Equality Duty from a group of disability charities and disabled people’s organisations including: Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea, Action on Hearing Loss, Disability Rights UK, Inclusion London, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mind, National AIDS Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind People, Scope and Sense [2013]