Runnymede published the Greenwich Race Equality Scorecard in November 2019. We worked with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and with Greenwich Inclusion Project (GrIP) to deliver a report outlining the extent of ethnic inequalities in the borough. The council has committed to tackling these inequalities, working with local people, including race equality organisations, using the Scorecard as a basis for setting priorities and measuring change.
Overall, racial inequalities in Greenwich were less stark than in other London boroughs. However, significant disparities remain in place and should be tackled at the local level.
The starkest findings are:
- Racist hate crime has been on the rise in Greenwich in the past few years, with a 64% increase from Dec 2014 to February 2017 alone. This was more than the 50% increase for London as a whole, over the same period. Black and Asian people were disproportionately targeted by racist hate crime in the borough.
- Black and minority ethnic (BME) pupils outperform their white counterparts in Greenwich schools; yet data indicates that BME residents face worse outcomes on the labour market.
-Data indicates than many children living in poverty are not currently accessing free school meals in Greenwich.
- Use of force by the police disproportionately targets black people in Greenwich: black people make up 33% of ‘use of force’ cases, yet only 19,1% of borough population. They were also 3 times more likely to be stopped and search, compared to the average for other ethnic groups, in 2017-2018.
- Traveller Irish Heritage pupils were almost 3 times as likely to face temporary exclusions compared with their White British counterparts. They also face tremendous disadvantage in educational attainment, alongside Gypsy Roma pupils.
- Black Caribbean and mixed White and Black Caribbean pupils also had very high exclusion rates, almost twice as high as the Greenwich average.
- Black people were on average 3.2 times more likely to be statutory homeless than their white counterparts in Greenwich.
- White British people were twice as likely to own a home compared with Asian Bangladeshi or Black African residents in the borough.
- BME groups overall were more likely to live in overcrowded housing and less likely to access psychotherapy.