Whitehall's army of 180 diversity watchdogs

Whitehall's army of 180 diversity watchdogs: Mandarins slammed for wasting money on 'non-jobs' with one MoD role going for £110,000 a year 180 diversity officers are employed across nine Government departments  Cabinet Office has 66 employees with 'equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race' in job title Ministry of Defence seeking diversity and inclusion director, paid £110,000 a year

By James Heale For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 22:01 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 23:27 BST, 19 September 2020

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Whitehall mandarins have been criticised for wasting money on ‘non-jobs’ after it was revealed that at least 180 diversity officers are on the payroll across nine Government departments.

In a series of parliamentary questions, Tory backbencher Neil O’Brien asked Ministers how many members of their departmental staff had ‘one or more of the words “equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race” in their job title’.

Top of the pile was the Cabinet Office with 66 such employees, which included 41 members of the Government Equalities Office.

In a series of parliamentary questions, Tory backbencher Neil O¿Brien (pictured) asked Ministers how many members of their departmental staff had ¿one or more of the words ¿equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race¿ in their job title¿

In a series of parliamentary questions, Tory backbencher Neil O’Brien (pictured) asked Ministers how many members of their departmental staff had ‘one or more of the words “equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race” in their job title’

However, further staff within the department are likely to have equality, diversity and inclusion responsibilities within their roles, without it being in their job title.

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