In December 2013, Race on the Agenda (ROTA) published the report of it’s ‘Shaping the Future’ seminar series, which considered some of the main challenges facing London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children and young people, following a difficult economic period and wide-spread policy reforms and public spending cuts.
The 500 participants agreed some progress had been made in addressing racial inequality in our country since Stephen Lawrence was tragically murdered in 1993. However, there was overwhelming consensus that this progress was not enough; BAME children and young people still face unequal outcomes in many key areas of life. Of particular concern were inequalities faced in relation to education, training, employment, criminal justice, mental health and well-being and the lack of BAME Voice in the development of policy and practice.
The final report provides an overview of the seminars and summarises the broad ranging discussions that took place along with the solutions posed by participants to some of the key challenges identified. It includes a range of recommendations for various stakeholders including national government, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Greater London Authority (GLA), Ofsted, the public sector, initial teacher training institutions, local authorities, the BAME voluntary sector, school alliances, academy sponsors and chain, schools and parents. ROTA has already begun work to progress a number of these. We hope this report will support others who took part in the seminar series to do the same and that it acts as a source of evidence of need and ideas for projects they seek to develop.
A report by Greater London Authority Conservatives published in October 2013 claims that ‘authorities are still blind to the hidden slavery taking place in everyday environments’ in London.
‘Shadow City – Exposing human trafficking in everyday London’, calls on the Met’s anti-trafficking unit (SCD9) to be urgently protected from further integration into other units (it has already merged with vice, fraud, and extradition). Additional human trafficking units should also be established in other police forces across the UK so SCD9 is not overstretched by being obliged to assist investigations outside of London.
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Older people are often perceived as being a burden on their families and a drain on the public purse. In October 2013, the Greater London Authority (GLA) published a report, The Economic Contribution of Older Londoners, to challenge this stereotype. It values the economic contributions older Londoners make, through their paid work, caring for adults, providing childcare and volunteering, at £53 billion a year.
Race Equality in the South West: Time for action (PDF) by Brenda Weston was published by Equality South West and the Black South West Network in September 2013.
The report concludes:
There are strong indications that at the same time as the infrastructure supporting and promoting race equality crumbles, and protections enshrined in the Equality Act are increasingly compromised by conflicting government messages, racism and the fear of racism is on the increase in the South West.
‘Layers of Inequality: A Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment of the Public Spending Cuts on Women in Coventry’ is a joint report of Coventry Women’s Voices, Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership, Foleshill Women’s Training and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, School of Law, University of Warwick.
It was published in July 2013.
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The English Regions Equality and Human Rights Network (EREN), is made up of voluntary sector organisations from all nine English regions with a broad equalities and human rights brief and a significant membership of associate networks in the Region that they serve.
Published in July 2013, this short update report from EREN describes the innovative ways in which organisations and networks have been striving to keep equality and human rights high on the agenda in the English regions.
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‘Hitting the poorest places hardest: The local and regional impact of welfare reform’ was published by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University in April 2013.
The report, by Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill’ finds that ‘the worst-hit local authority areas lose around four times as much, per adult of working age, as the authorities least affected by the reforms’.
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In January 2013 the ‘Youth services in England: the state of the nation’ report was published.
This was produced by the National Youth Agency (NYA) on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA) and provides a ‘state of the nation’ snapshot of youth services within England.
From the NYA’s work with local authorities it is clear that major revisions are underway in the way councils and their partners deliver the vital youth services that support young people’s well-being. In a number of areas, there is a particular focus on early intervention with vulnerable young people or on targeting limited resources to support the most vulnerable. It is clear that, whilst in a few places services are taking the difficult decision to no longer offer services for young people, in many more there was a strong ambition tofind new ways of delivery that go some way to meeting young people’s needs.
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brap’s data store includes data on Employment, Crime, Education and Learning, Housing, Health and Deprivation in Birmingham – all disaggregated by ethnicity, age, gender and any other relevant available categories.
This data store may be particularly helpful to Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs) working with disadvantaged groups.
If organisations have data they would like the public to know about, then please send it through to brap as they will add it to their website to build up a picture of disadvantage in Birmingham.
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For more information or to send through any information email brap here.
Changes by the government to a number of vital social care, housing and welfare policies over the coming months and years will produce severe challenges for Londoners.
London Councils is tracking government reforms with ongoing policy, research and lobbying work illustrating how this will affect London boroughs’ resources and the lives of Londoners once implemented.
The London Councils website also has an interactive timetable of benefits reform in London to May 2016.
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