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We seek to explore what is known about discrimination and disadvantage, and to use this evidence to develop interventions that overcome barriers and promote race equality in health, housing and social care.

Issue 50, April 2017

Content: Our Work I Health I Housing I Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities I Community  I 

New City Bridge Trust-funded project

The Race Equality Foundation has received funding from City Bridge Trust to provide infrastructure support to voluntary and community sector organisations in London working with children, young people and families. The funding will build on the previous work from the Engage London programme and provide specialist support on race equality and equality issues. 

For further information on this work contact Tracey Bignall via email tracey@racefound.org.uk or telephone 020 74028 1884

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Workforce Race Equality report published

NHS England has published its second report on the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES). The standard holds NHS to account on the representation of black and minority ethnic staff at all levels within organisations, and their experiences such as access to career development and harassment. The report found:

  • Slight improvement in representation in very senior managers
  • Improvement in BME staff feeling they had opportunities for career progression ,
  • BME applicants continued to be less likely to be appointed to jobs
  • BME staff were more likely to be disciplined.

Doctors of the World, National AIDS Trust and Liberty launch campaign on NHS data-sharing with immigration enforcement. 

DOTW has joined forces with the human rights charity Liberty and the National Aids Trust to launch a petition aimed at reversing a data-sharing policy between the NHS and the Home Office implemented this year. 

Race Equality Foundation has expressed growing concern about the impact of the 2015 and 2016 Immigration Acts. We have produced a number of briefings that examine the effect of the Acts on migrant and settled black and minority ethnic communities. 

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What do recent social security cuts mean for black and minority ethnic communities?

The Foundation responded to the introduction of the latest round of welfare reforms to warn about their impact on inequality. 

Black and minority ethnic people and communities are being particularly affected by welfare reform, according to our research. One of the key reasons is low pay.  Analysis suggests that 52 per cent of Black households and 47 per cent of Bangladeshi households earn less than £300 per week. This means social security payments are a greater part of the income for black and minority ethnic families on average.

Health and housing

Shelter have produced a report documenting the links between poor housing and poor mental health. One in five adults has suffered mental health problems due to their housing in the past five years, according to their research. 

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The Foundation deploys the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme throughout the UK and internationally, with work now happening in Iran. This month the latest group of parents to complete the programme graduated in Lambeth, South London. This was part of the three-year Rise project around improving sexual health and other outcomes, particularly for Black African and Caribbean people. 

There are upcoming training dates in London this month:

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NUT urges parents not to give details of children’s nationality and birthplace

The National Union of Teachers’ annual conference passed a motion condemning the Department for Education’s attempts to record pupils’ nationality and country of birth in the national pupil database (NPD), with delegates told that the details could be passed to the Home Office and police.

Over 15 months in 2015 and 2016, the Home Office requested details of 2500 children for the purpose of immigration enforcement. The next 'Pupil Census' is scheduled for the 18th May. 

Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Awareness E-learning Package

Friends, Families and Travellers have launched an on line learning programme that targets the key themes and questions arising amongst service providers about Gypsies and Travellers. It is for members of the voluntary, statutory, or private sector wishing to engage or work more effectively with Gypsies and Travellers.

Click here for a Demo, and for further info please go to the training page or email training@gypsy-traveller.org.

Marie Curie focus group - 4th May 

Marie Curie provides support to families where there is a terminal illness.  They are undertaking research to see what support they can provide to families from black and minority ethnic communities.  

The focus group is for BME service uses, staff or volunteers. The session will be from 11am to 12pm and participants will receive a £20 voucher. Contact Matthew Kaye for more information: matthew.kaye@sharedintelligence.net

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