Equality matters will be moved to the Prime Minister's as part of a restructuring of the ministries, RÚV reports. The change will take place when the matters of the Ministry of Welfare will be split up into the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Healthcare.
The goal of the changes is to have a clearer division of labour as well as giving a clearer political focus on the matters. The current government believes that the restructuring allows them to prioritize the matters of equality, social affairs, and healthcare. Matters of structure will also be transferred from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to the Ministry of Social Affairs.
The ministries will now be ten in total, an increase from nine. The Minister of Social Affairs will become the Minister of Social and Children's Affairs, which is intended to reflect the government's emphasis on children's and youth's matters. It is estimated that the changes will take place around the turn of the year. The changes will be proposed to the Icelandic Parliament soon.