Race Equality Scorecard
In post-recession Britain, local authorities are facing severe cuts and official accountability structures are being scaled back. In this context, black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are at risk of falling further behind the rest of society.
Runnymede’s Race Equality Scorecard project is an innovative way of filling the accountability gap – holding local authorities and other stakeholders, such as the police and NHS, to account for racial inequalities in their areas.
We are doing this by:
- partnering with local race equality bodies in 3 London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston and Redbridge,
- collecting and monitoring data on racial inequalities in 7 key areas, including employment, criminal justice, education and health,
- creating a constructive dialogue with local authorities and other stakeholders with responsibility for the welfare of BME communities, and
- publishing a ‘Scorecard’ assessing how local authorities and stakeholders are carrying out their responsibilities, in terms of working to narrow inequalities.
The Scorecard for each borough will be published later in 2013. By piloting the project in Croydon, Kingston and Redbridge we will see how effective the Scorecard is in very different contexts – with some areas more ethnically diverse or better-off than others.
The Kingston Race Equality Scorecard was launched on 8 March 2013. You can:
- See the Scorecard data visualisations
- Watch the Kingston Scorecard film
- Read the Kingston Scorecard Technical Report – Phase 1
Later we plan to roll-out the Scorecard in other parts of the country, learning how best to collect information and constructively challenge councils to work for a more equal society.
The project is kindly supported by the Trust for London.