Today sees the publication of data relating to ‘ethnicity’ from the 2011 Census (data for the population of the NE can be found here and live coverage of he release from The Guardian can be found here) and I found out yesterday that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation are carring out a project called ‘Census-ethnicity-change’ which will produce 6 timely policy issue briefings from the 2011 Census . The briefings will ‘provide analytical results of the ethnicity data and commentary on their implications’ and will be published at www.ethnicity.ac.uk. You can also follow this project on twitter @EthnicityUK
A couple of weeks ago we co-hosted an event with JRF and the Regional Refugee Forum exploring the links between poverty and ethnicity. The event was prompted following work that we did in producing our report exploring the approaches of the 12 local authorities in the North East to fulfilling their local duties under the Child Poverty Act. This work highlighted that, across the region, very little work had been carried out in the production of the Child Poverty Needs Assessments that helped to understand the needs of the regions BME communities. None of the priorities for action that local authorities identified made mention of particular or specific support for families and children from BME communities.
As part of Refugee Week, we also published a blog highlighting how information regarding the number of refugees living in poverty isn’t collected as, once they are granted leave to remain, they are not identified separately in HBAI or other government income or family related research. Herbert Dirahu opened the event by highlighting how the child poverty related priorities identified by local authorites would impact on refugees and asylum seekers. A copf of his presentation which was fascinating can be found by clicking on the image below.
Helen Barnard from JRF then gave an overview of their work in this area, highlighting some findings from work already undertaken as well as of projects that are currently underway. Again, the presentation which foucsed on three key themse of education, employment and care was incredibly useful and highlighted the ‘difference in diversity’ and how there is more inequality within groups than there is between them. It can be viewed by clicking on the image below.
Professor Gary Craig then provided an overview of how national policy changes and developments were having an impact in the North East region. The changes he identified included work around equality (especially interesting given David Cameron’s desire to do away with Equality Impact Assessments), the Big Society, Fairness Commissions and the move to Clinical Commissioing Groups. Gary has kindly provided us with the transcript of his presentation and it can again be viewed by clicking on the image below.
During the event, it was mentioned that a letter had been sent to senior politicians including the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition from Doreen Lawrence OBE and Dr. Richard Stone, advising against the removal of the Public Sector Equality Duty. A copy of the letter can be found here.