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The Immigration Bill – it just gets worse!

Read the latest blog 'The Immigration Bill – it just gets worse!' by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

The Immigration Bill is without doubt the most damaging piece of legislation for race equality and community relations that has gone before Parliament in the last 30 years. It is now over...... continue >>> Read more

Welcome to 2014!

Read the latest blog by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

Well here we are in January 2014 and the tidal wave of Romanian and Bulgarian benefit tourists hasn’t materialised. Farcical New Year scenes at Luton Airport of MPs and journalists staking out arrivals from half empty planes arriving from Sofia and Bucharest (and discovering two new arrivals both of whom had already been offered jobs), shows how laughable discussions about immigration have...... continue >>>

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Final report from the Shaping the Future seminar series available now

Between November 2011 and October 2013 ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered some of the main challenges facing London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children and young people, following a difficult economic period and wide-spread policy reforms and public spending cuts. The 500 participants agreed some progress had been made in addressing racial inequality in our country since Stephen Lawrence was tragically murdered in 1993.

However, there was overwhelming consensus that this progress was not enough; BAME children and young people still...Read more

London for All, LVSC's London Councils' commission 2013-15

London for All’ is a London Councils’ funded project designed to capacity build London’s voluntary and community sector.

‘London for All’ can help your organisation strengthen its knowledge and skills, work more effectively and efficiently, deliver more accessible services and better support service users.

The partnership project led by London Voluntary Service Council offers insight and learning from a collective 200 years of experience, plus understanding of the practical application of such expertise.

‘London for All’ partners include Race on the Agenda, Women’s...Read more

Equality Duty: Best Practice Case Study of the Week – 16 December 2013

16 December 2013

Impact assessment of council tax and housing benefit in Rotherham results in improved take-up of service by black and minority ethnic communities

After attending an equality and diversity training session, the service manager and his team analysed the take-up of council tax and housing benefit applications according to ethnic group. This identified low numbers of applications from...Read more

Equality Duty: Best Practice Case Study of the Week – 9 December 2013

9 December 2013

NHS Centre improves equality data collection

The Wales NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights undertook a patient equality monitoring project. This has:

developed a minimum data set that is inclusive of all six equality strands facilitated the necessary technical changes to be made to the patient information systems operating across NHS Wales delivered training on data collection for...Read more

Another attack on multiculturalism

Read the latest blog by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive. David Cameron has launched another attack on multiculturalism as part of his attack on Islamist extremism. “Timid politicians with a ‘misplaced’ fear of offending..... continue >>> Read more

Best Practice Case Study of the Week - 2 December 2013

2 December 2013

Equality impact assessment leads to changes in taxi licensing services, promoting driver safety and improving relations with BME drivers [1]

A review of feedback and complaints to the taxi and private hire licensing service of Bristol City Council identified a number of complaints from drivers who felt that they were not being treated fairly by the Council. The majority of drivers were from black and...Read more