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‘Unprecedented’ coalition of charities and civil society demand rethink on ‘dangerous’ voter ID trials

An ‘unprecedented’ coalition of charities and academics have written to Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, calling on the government to urgently reconsider the decision to enforce voter ID at the local elections in May.

The group, led by the Electoral Reform Society , are calling for a rethink from across civil society – including Age UK, the National Union of Students, Operation Black Vote, the Salvation Army and Stonewall.

All are concerned that mandatory voter ID would damage turnout and...Read more

ROTA AGM 2016/17 and "Race, Identity and Belonging" Conference

On 26th February, we held our AGM for the financial year 2016/17 followed by "Race, Identity and Belonging" conference with over 50 people attended, despite the cold weather.

We were joined by Afua Hirsch, a writer, broadcaster, barrister and human rights development worker of Ghanaian, English and Jewish heritage. Afua spoke about Race Equality in the 21st century and her new book "Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging". Attendees had the opportunity to buy the book and get it signed by Afua.

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March 2018 ROTA Policy E-Newsletter

Read our latest edition HERE . This is our quarterly newsletter full of information about our work and what is happening around the sector in relation to race equality.

If you have something you would like to include and publicise in our next issue, scheduled for June 2018, please contact the Office Manager, Saifur Valli at or call 020 7697 4093.Read more

Free two day Equality Act 2010 training on 21st and 27th March 2018

Free two day training for organisations supporting Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BME&R) communities.

Training Day one: Complying with the Equality Act 2010

21st March. 2016, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Participants will:

learn who is protected under the Equality Act 2010; learn what types of behaviour and discrimination are unlawful; review their own organisation’s policies and procedures and identify any changes needed in order to comply with the Equality Act 2010;

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New Online Search Tool for Free Employment and Anti-discrimination Legal Support

ROTA has developed a new online employment and anti-discrimination (Equality Law) legal support ' Search Tool ' and we invite you to start using it now and to send us your feedback . You can use our searchable database to support your clients to find free legal advice and representation within local communities across the South East.

Try the new Search Tool now

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Book Launch: Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology by Dr Suman Fernando

On 17th January 2018, Race on the Agenda and London Metropolitan University presented the launch of Dr Suman Fernando's recent book - Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health .

Dr Fernando is an Honorary Professor at London Metropolitan University and formerly consultant psychiatrist in the NHS.

The event was chaired by John Gabriel, Senior Professor at London Metropolitan University, who is the author of Whitewash: Racialized Politics and the Media, as well as co-author of Race and Power: Global racism in the twenty-first...Read more

ROTA's 20th Anniversary Event

Year 2017 was ROTA’s 20th anniversary year and to celebrate we held a special Anniversary event at the House of Lords on 30th November 2017.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is a social policy think tank set up in 1997, devoted to issues that affect Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in London.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) was originally established in 1984 as Greater London Action for Racial Equality (GLARE) as a membership organisation. Our functions were to provide infrastructure support to London’s Race Equality Councils (RECs) and work closely with the Commission for...Read more

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The devastating fire at Grenfell Tower has cost at least 80 lives, destroyed livelihoods and traumatised survivors. It has exposed the stark inequality in housing provision in Britain, with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and migrants bearing the brunt of this injustice. Holding those responsible to account is vital.

The ROTA Group and Bramley House Residents Association (BHRA) has put forward a submission to the inquiry, outlining what it thinks should be included in the terms of reference to help shape the inquiry. Now the ROTA Group and BHRA seek joint Core Participant...Read more

PPI campaign

If you’ve ever taken out a loan, mortgage, credit card, store card, or bought something on credit, such as a car, you may have been sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI). If you think you have or have had PPI, you need to decide whether or not you want to complain.

There is a new deadline of 29 August 2019 to complain about the sale of a PPI policy. You will not be able to complain after this date.

The Financial Conduct Authority has all the information you need to make a decision about PPI. Visit ...Read more