Runnymede’s research into racial inequalities in Sutton shows a mixed picture.
Sutton’s ethnic minority residents still suffer inequalities in housing and employment.
However, the 30-page assessment presents a mixed picture. Black and minority ethnic (BME) locals were more likely to volunteer, and BME children are outperforming white children and scoring well above the national average.
The report contains responses to the data from Sutton Council, and the Sutton Police. Click here to download Runnymede's Race Equality Scorecard for Sutton.
Where ethnic minorities are being treated fairly in Sutton
Percentage of Asian) pupils achieving 5 or more good GCSEs (grades A*-C) is 90.8%, compared to 69.3% for White residents, and 70.5% Black (African and Caribbean). This is not just a reflection of the fact that Sutton is blessed with good schools, but is also evidence that local schools get the best out of BME children.
Levels of volunteering among Sutton’s BME residents is high. 17 in every 1,000 Africans volunteered (between 2013 and 2016). This compared to 5 in 1000 for White residents, 9 in 1000 for Indian, and 11 in 1000 for Pakistani.
Many ethnic groups in Sutton were less likely to be claiming state benefits than the average, but on the negative side there was still evidence that Black African and Caribbean residents experience discrimination in the jobs market.
Where ethnic minorities do not have equal outcomes in Sutton
Sutton has experienced a 16% rise in racist and religious hate crime between 2015 - 2016. This is below the London average (19%), and lower than Kingston (24%) but higher than Croydon (15%).
Black (African and Caribbean) people are more than 5 times as likely to be homeless and in priority need of rehousing than White people. Asian people are twice as likely. Overall the BME figure not quite as bad as the London average, but this is still an alarming level of racial disparity.
Black people in Sutton are 3.4 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), but lower than Kingston (6 times).
Farah Elahi, Research and Policy Analyst and author of the research, said:“The Runnymede Trust has worked closely with Sutton CVS and Sutton council to map ethnic inequality across the borough. Although relative to other boroughs, ethnic minority communities living in Sutton have better outcomes, it is clear that within the borough patterns of inequality do exist. “We hope the Sutton Race Equality Scorecard will be a resource for organisations and individuals working to address racial inequality in the borough. It is the start of a necessary and ongoing conversation about holding public services to account and taking the steps to build a more equal cohesive society.”
Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:"Sutton Council was delighted to support the Runnymede Trust in the development of their Race Equality Scorecard. Whilst Sutton fared very well against other London boroughs and also nationally in the final report, we recognise that there are still gaps where there are inequalities which we need to explore.“No one should be discriminated against because of their race or their colour of their skin, and Sutton Council is committed to working alongside its partners to eliminate this discrimination. I look forward to a day where such inequalities do not exist".
Alison Novara, Chief Executive of Sutton CVS, said:“Sutton CVS welcomes the Race Equality Scorecard. We have been working with Sutton Council, Runnymede and also the local community to explore inequalities in Sutton. SCVS will be working with partners and the BME Forum to take the recommendations forward. It is vital that the report is owned by everyone so that we can move the race agenda forward.”