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Issue 49, March 2017

Content: Our Work I Community I Health I Housing I Publications I Events

Our new newsletter

The Foundation has changed the look of our newsletter, incorporating our Better Health and Better Housing newsletter. In one newsletter, you will now be able to see all the work the Foundation does, as well as read about the latest in race equality within the community, housing and health.  

Our parenting programme special for mothers who are HIV+

The Race Equality Foundation in collaboration with the RISE Partnership are offering a free 13 week Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities parenting programme starting on April 25th to mothers that are HIV+, living in Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham. The evidence based programme will not be delivered in any different way but will provide a safe space for positive women to connect and gain parenting skills to enhance family relationships and community involvement. The programme will offer support and guidance around sexual health and well-being, including on-line safety and violence prevention. Further details can be gained from Kaya on 0207 428 1881, childcare and lunch included.

Government’s consultation response on NHS charging

A consultation on proposals to further extend charging for overseas visitors and migrants who use the NHS was launched in December 2015, closing in March 2016. The Foundation has contributed to the consultation, sharing our concerns in its overall impact and serious flaws in its assumptions, evidence base, principles, and a wide range of legal compliances issues.   The Government responded in February 2017, and included plans to:

  • require NHS providers to obtain charges upfront and in full before a chargeable overseas visitor can access non-urgent treatment;
  • bring out of hospital secondary care services and NHS-funded services provided by non-NHS organisations, within the services that chargeable overseas visitors will have to pay for; and
  • remove assisted reproduction services from those that a person who has paid.

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Many minority ethnic women are ‘left behind’ by pay gap progress

The Fawcett Society has published new analysis of the gender pay gap by ethnicity. Their analysis spans more than 25 years, and also looks at the gap within ethnic group, and between minority ethnic women and white British men.

Their analysis reveals that there are real inequalities. Pakistani/Bangladeshi, and black African women experience the biggest pay gap with white British men (26.2% and 24%) whereas Indian women experience the biggest pay gap with men in their ethnic group at 16.15%. The full analysis, including recommendations, is available to download.

Guide to deliver Prevent while providing for equality and the right to free speech

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a short and simple guide for higher education providers in England as they have to fulfil their duty under Prevent by having systems in place to identify, challenge, and address extremism, while simultaneously take the Public Sector Equality Duty and the right to free speech into account. Download the guide “Delivering the Prevent duty in a proportionate and fair way” here.

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Maternity services and black and minority ethnic women

NHS England would like to hear from pregnant women and those who have had a child in the last two years about what kind of information women want making decisions about maternity care. This can include how you decide where to have your baby, get care, when you’d like information, in what format and what would be most useful to you. For this purpose, they’ve put together a survey. It is important to ensure the views of black and minority ethnic women are included – so please encourage these women to take part here.

Free online course for anyone in a caring role

Social Partnerships Network offers a free introductory course “Caring for adults” for anyone in a caring role, either paid or unpaid. It builds on what you already know to give you a better understanding of your role as a carer. It also supports your own well-being by giving you some ideas and information about looking after yourself and dealing with stress. You can study it without enrolling. It’s available on the Open University’s website.

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Immigration not to blame for housing crisis        

During a House of Commons debate on the Housing White Paper, Communities and Local Government Minister Sajid Javid responded firmly to Peter Bone MP’s question for Javid to confirm that housing demand will fall if immigration would fall: “Two thirds of housing demand has nothing to do with immigration; it is to do with natural population growth, particularly through people living longer, and that will have to be catered for regardless. Even if immigration was to fall to zero, we would still have a deficit of some 2 million homes and people would still be in overcrowded homes, so we would still have to keep building.” Read the entire debate on Hansard.

Health and housing

NHS England has produced a quick guide to health and housing aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups on how housing and health can work together, particularly by promoting equality and reducing health inequality in accessing services through integration. The Alzheimer’s Society has launched the dementia-friendly housing charter today to help housing professionals better understand dementia and how housing, its design and supporting services can help improve and maintain the wellbeing of people affected.

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Engage London briefing: Families affected by HIV

Children and young people are affected by HIV usually in two ways; either they have the virus or a parent or family member has the virus. Whatever the case, families will want to ensure they get the right health care and support. This paper will give an overview of key issues affecting families affected by HIV, HIV support services and how voluntary and community sector organisations can work to support families in this situation.

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