Ethnic minorities suffering unfairness in Kingston
Kingston’s levels of racial fairness have come under the spotlight.
Our Race Equality Scorecard for the area has found that Kingston’s ethnic minority residents still suffer inequalities in housing and employment.
The 33-page assessment discovered a mixed picture. Black and minority ethnic (BME) children outperforming white children but suffering racial inequality in other areas such as housing and jobs.
The report contains responses to the data from Kingston Council, and Kingston Police, Kingston JobCentre Plus and Kingston Race and Equalities Council.
The Race Equality Scorecard for Kingston findings include:
• Percentage of Indian pupils achieving 5 or more good GCSEs (grades A*-C) is 91%, compared to 71% for White British pupils. However, the proportion of Black Caribbean pupils (57%) and Black African (65%) is a cause for concern.
• Kingston has experienced a 24% rise in racist and religious hate crime between 2015 - 2016. This is below the London average (19%), and also higher than neighbouring Sutton (16%) and Croydon (15%).
• Black (African and Caribbean) people are over 8 times more likely to be homeless and in priority need of rehousing than White people. Asian people are almost three times as likely. Overall the BME figure is in line with the London average, but this is still an alarming level of racial disparity.
• Black people in Kingston are 6 times more likely to be stopped and searched than White people. This is proportionally higher than Croydon, which has seen a large fall in stop and search (2.7 times), and Sutton (3.4 times).