UK: EQUALITY: New investigations welcome, but hostile environment must change

"On Sunday Theresa May revealed that the Government is launching an audit of public services to tackle racial disparities. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is launching a consultation on tackling discrimination and promoting racial equality.

Both initiatives should be welcomed.

The Equality and Human Rights Commis sion and Black Lives Matter UK have recently laid bare the scale, pattern and challenge of racial inequality in Britain.

But audits and consultations are only a first step. Successive Governments have ignored evidence and policy recommendations on race discrimination in favour of comforting words and a revolving door of ‘reviews’.

The solutions to entrenched discrimination are, of course, complex and require long-term commitment and strategy. Yet the Government could take a number of easy steps to improve things quickly and send a powerful message that its vision for post-Brexit Britain is an equal and tolerant one.

For one it could repeal its flagship ‘hostile environment’ strategy which encourages racial profiling and discrimination."

See: New investigations welcome, but hostile environment must change (Liberty, link)


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