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Equality law funding cut regret

A Jersey organisation which promotes equality has criticised planned funding cuts in anti-discrimination laws.

About £250,000 a year was allocated to implementing and applying the Jersey Discrimination Law, which is in draft form and awaiting a few amendments.

But budget cuts have been proposed in the States' Business Plan for 2010.

The Jersey Community Relations Trust said the move was "a shame", especially as it was previously considered to be a States priority.

'Difficult process'

Jersey currently has no law to prevent people being discriminated against on the grounds of race, sex, disability, religion or age.

The States voted last year in favour of paying for the law.

But the Council of Ministers has recommended that funding not be available in 2010 and cut to £100,000 in 2011 and 2012.

Elena Morin, chairwoman of the Community Relations Trust, said: "I think that it's a terrible shame that the legislation has been effectively put on hold."

The business plan was written to set out strategies to deal with the economic downturn.

When it was published, Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf said: "Setting the business plan has been a very difficult process."

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