Today‚Äôs blog post is written by Ojeaku Nwabuzo, a researcher at Runnymede
We welcome the Equality and Human Rights Commission's report, published on Monday, which highlights the Treasury‚Äôs failings to comply with the public sector equality duty at the time of the Spending Review 2010. In 3 out of the 9 measures the EHRC chose to concentrate on, the Coalition Government was found to not be fully in accordance with the public sector equality duty. This, however, is not the complete story. The public sector cuts in the 2010 Spending Review were unprecedented in their scope and depth. At the time, the Coalition Government planned an estimated ¬£80.5 billion cuts to public spending across 19 government departments. The Commission‚Äôs detailed assessment covered only a segment of the Coalition Government‚Äôs reforms (read chapter 3 of the report for more details).
Runnymede was 1 of 9 organisations that provided formal submissions to the Commission. One important point that we raised, which was echoed in the Commission report, was the glaring data gaps in the Coalition Government‚Äôs assessment of the impact on ethnic minorities. We were shocked at the Coalition‚Äôs Government‚Äôs lack of analysis of the services and benefits being cut and the numbers of minority ethnic people that would be affected. The Government‚Äôs own Overview of the impact of Spending Review 2010 on equalities included just 397 words to the impact of cuts on ethnic minorities.
Today's blog post is written by Klara Schmitz, a research and policy analyst at Runnymede. This piece also appears on the website of the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN).
Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras has today accused European leaders of ‚Äúplaying poker with European people‚Äôs lives‚ÄĚ, by insisting on austerity measures, whilst David Cameron is due to tell French President Fran√ßois Hollande that austerity is working and ‚Äúwe are moving in the right direction‚ÄĚ, when they meet tomorrow. Austerity has been the main prescription across Europe for dealing with the continent's nearly three-year-old debt crisis, but what impact is it having on ethnic minorities and anti-racism work across the EU?
Back in 2010 Amnesty International‚Äôs Annual Report demonstrated that the economic downturn had led to a rise in racism and xenophobia in public discourse in Europe.¬† Earlier in May, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), published their Annual Report claiming that the economic crisis was fuelling the rise of racism and intolerance in Europe. It said that the lack of economic opportunities and welfare cuts are pushing ethnic minorities into poverty, and feeding negative attitudes towards immigrants.
ECRI has recently reiterated its concerns about the persistence of racist violence across Europe, and the economic crisis is often seen to be fuelling fears among the general public that can lead to racist attacks on ethnic minorities and migrants. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of racist attacks in many countries, including Italy, Malta and Greece.
Today's blog post is written by Runnymede research and policy analyst Phil Mawhinney
The UK Conservative Party is currently asking why only one in six black and minority ethnic (BME) voters plumped for them at the last election.¬† As the BME population increases ‚Äď 16% by 2016 ‚Äď and parliamentary majorities remain elusive, they know they have to think about this properly.
So how does the party view¬†BME communities? David Cameron‚Äôs 2011 speech at the Munich Security Conference , widely reported as claiming that ‚Äėstate multiculturalism has failed‚Äô, gives some insight.¬† The basic argument, that ‚ÄėUnder the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream‚Äô¬† was much-disputed at the time.
But recent research by social psychologists, discussed at an event earlier this month, critiques this understanding of multiculturalism, identity and ‚ÄėBritishness.‚Äô
Today‚Äôs Blog post is written by Rob Trotter, research officer at Scope and former intern at Runnymede
Work by the Runnymede Trust has found that by 2051 there will be around 3.8 million black and minority ethnic (BME) people over the age of 65, a huge increase on current estimates. One key effect of this ageing population will be the impact on how many disabled people there are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Older societies often have more disabled people, so as the BME population ages, we can also expect the numbers of BME disabled people to increase.
Research published today by Scope and the Equalities National Council (ENC) presents new evidence about this community, drawn from statistical analysis and focus groups with nearly 60 care users.
The report ‚Äď Over-looked Communities, Over-due Change - confirms what others have found: that BME disabled people face a range of difficulties in their everyday lives.
People told us about money worries, and trying to make do on low incomes without being able to find a job. Our statistics showed that at least half of all BME disabled people live in household poverty ‚Äď and the true picture is likely to be even higher.
Others told us about the challenges they faced trying to get care and support through services. Many people spoke about being lonely and isolated, and so struggled to find out what help they were entitled to. Others reported local services translating only very basic materials for care users.
Today's blog post is written by Ojeaku Nwabuzo, a researcher at Runnymede
On Monday 6 August I read a twitter message from a close friend saying ‚Äúriots are about to happen in Hackney‚ÄĚ. At this point there had been two days of civil unrest in Tottenham and Brixton and I had a feeling it would eventually erupt in Hackney. Why? Well there was a pattern emerging. These were urban areas with high proportions of deprivation, unemployment and minority ethnic people that appeared to be reacting to the death of Mark Duggan at the hands of the police.
Over the next few months I worked on the Riot Roundtables project; one of the few in-depth inquires into civil unrest in England last year that asked if race was a factor in the disturbances. As part of this project we visited communities across England and overwhelmingly participants in our research said that racial injustice was an underlying cause of the disturbances in August 2011.
Many roundtable participants felt that the death of Mark Duggan, a mixed raced man, had awakened a deep and real memory of historical injustices and grievances that Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities have had with the police and the criminal justice system. Currently, we can see in America how the killing of Trayvon Martin has lead to outrage within the black community and as one commentator said his death ‚Äúis finally lifting the lid on the US's racist underbelly‚ÄĚ.
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Today‚Äôs blog post is written by Phil Mawhinney, a policy and research analyst at Runnymede
The government confirmed in its budget last week that it is taking forward plans for a single-tier state pension. Set at around ¬£140 per week, it will provide a higher level of income and provide a simpler basis on which to save. We know that the number of Black and¬†minority¬†ethnic (BME)¬†pensioners is rapidly growing and that some leave the UK at retirement. What about them?
Runnymede‚Äôs recent research shows that many British pensioners living overseas receive UK state pensions that are frozen in value, rather than up-rated with inflation every year, as they are in the UK. This ‚Äėfreezing‚Äô happens in 120 countries worldwide, including the vast majority outside Europe. We have argued that this is unfair ‚Äď people lose up to ¬£24,000 of income over 20 years ‚Äď and we believe that the government should up-rate all overseas pensions, in every country.
In response to a recent parliamentary question recently tabled by Lib Dem peer Lord Jones, government figures highlighted that there are over 550,000 people living overseas receiving frozen pensions. This is out of a global total of 12 million British pensioners, 1.2 million of whom live outside Britain. So, 1 in 20 British pensioners worldwide receive a frozen pension, including nearly half of all pensioners living overseas.
Today's blog post is written by Runnymede's director, Dr Rob Berkeley
The report of the Communities and Victims Panel on the riots of summer 2011 makes a series of bold statements and recommendations to government in order to avoid similar levels of unrest in the months and years to come. Many of the recommendations are more forthright than was to be expected from a panel set up by government to sidestep a public inquiry into the events of last August. However, the report‚Äôs authors seem to have gone to extreme lengths to avoid discussion of structural and institutional racism and the role that it played in the riots. The avoidance of discussing racism is currently fashionable in policy circles, but in this case such avoidance serves only to obscure the analysis and misdirect the solutions.
The panel‚Äôs report highlights the levels of hopelessness in our communities, stemming, they argue from respondents‚Äô views that they felt that common goals for their age group, such as getting a job or going to college were unachievable.
They also¬†point to problems that have been identified over decades for young people from many Black and minority ethnic communities ‚Äď exclusion from school,¬†low levels of attainment, poor careers guidance, little contact with employers,¬† and patterns of intergenerational unemployment. Yet they do not articulate that these patterns for some are also often driven by structural barriers and patterns of discrimination which make some groups more vulnerable to exclusion from the labour market.
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We also seek to¬†provide updates of race equality-related issues within the Westminster village.
The blog is written by members of the Runnymede staff team or external contributors, where stated.
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