Croydon levels of race equality improving, but still some way to go

Our report on race equality in Croydon shows that 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 Croydon Council and Croydon BME Forum.

The report found:

•         Most of BME pupils achieving 5 or more good GCSEs (grades A*-C) were lagging behind White British pupils, in contrast to neighbouring Sutton where the same ethnic groups were doing much better.

•         Police stop and search conducted on Black (African and Caribbean) people has decreased significantly by 78% since 2012. Currently Black people are 2.7 times more likely to be stopped and searched. This is better than the London average. Croydon also has less disproportionality than Sutton and Kingston. The improvement is welcome but there is still more progress to be made.

•         Croydon has experienced a 15% rise in racist and religious hate crime between 2015 - 2016. This is below the London average (19%), and also less than Sutton and Kingston. Nevertheless, we should aim for a reduction in hate crime.

•         Black people in Croydon are 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed compared to White people. This represents a significant fall from 5.5 in 2012. While this improvement is welcome, authorities need to work to eliminate the gap altogether.

Click here to download the Croydon Race Equality Scorecard

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