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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

Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows

ROTA PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday 7 November 2013

Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) has published new research that shows that free schools are failing to comply with statutory requirements on equality.

The research appears soon after the recent Ofsted inspection of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby, which found that statutory requirements, including those on equality, were not being met.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all schools, including free schools,...Read more

Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows

New research from Race on the Agenda (ROTA) shows that free schools are failing to comply with statutory requirements on equality.

The public sector equality duty (PSED) exists to support schools to tackle unlawful discrimination, meet diverse needs, identify and address the reasons for different educational outcomes for different groups, and create school environments where all pupils feel valued and safe from all kinds of bullying and harassment.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all schools, including free schools, to fulfil the public sector equality duty. By 6 April 2012...Read more

Findings and Recommendations from the Shaping the Future Seminar Series, November 2011 – February 2013

Between November 2011 and February 2013, ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered some of the main challenges facing London’s BAME children and young people and their families, following a difficult economic period and wide-spread policy reforms and public spending cuts.

500 people, included two regional events, five local events, five workshops with young people, two workshops with parents, and a two day training programme for representatives of children and young people’s community organisations. Participants represented London’s BAME communities and...Read more

Maurice Mcleod

Maurice is director of communications company, Marmoset Media and online platform, Media Diversified . He is a social commentator, writing regularly for publications including: the Guardian, the Independent and the Spectator. He also discusses issues of race and society on platforms including Sky News, LBC and the BBC. He has more than 20 years’ experience working for national newspapers, major charity bodies, and running his own companies. Maurice tweets...Read more

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