The coalition's equalities work programme has failed to include a single measure to address race inequality. (more…)
Has George Osborne forgotten to do an Equality Impact Assessment on his budget again? (more…)
The campaign to save an equality law enshrining Britain’s commitment to work towards the elimination of racism received a boost this week when the coalition peers defied the Government to keep the aspirational statement. Ministers were defeated by over 50 votes as peers voted to keep Section 3 of the Equality Act which expresses the desire to promote good race relations and end prejudice and hate. (more…)
The release of new figures about the 'ethnic minority' population from the 2011 census this morning means that the extent of disproportionate discrimination and inequality has officially risen. No wonder, then, that the 2011 census is to be the last of its' kind. The census, that takes place every decade, is to be abandoned. And as a result no longer shall we be able to accurately measure the extent of institutional racism in years to come. ...
Whatever happened to the old local Race Equality Councils? You remember them, the office with dirty windows lowering the tone of the High Street. Management committees that played out internecine battles between different communities. Yes, it's true REC's don't have a the most glowing of reputations. But behind the stereotypes existed many well-functioning organisations that made a real difference on the ground. (more…)
This year we celebrated 25 years since the first Black (African and Caribbean) MPs were elected, but 25 years before this one man to paved the way. Grenada-born David Pitt first stood for election in 1959 and eventually became Lord Pitt of Hampstead. He achieved many 'firsts' and left a real legacy. If today's politicians stand on the shoulders of the likes of Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng, they stood on the shoulders of Pitt. ...
Doreen Lawrence is to launch a new postcard campaign to save the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is demanding the withdrawal of planned budget cuts which would disproportionately hit black and Asian staff and the disabled. (more…)