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Support a Statutory Race Committee on the CEHR

14/9/2006

As some of you may be aware the 1990 Trust, Operation Black Vote, the National Assembly Against Racism and many others, have been campaigning to ensure that the new Commission for Equalities and Human Rights has a dedicated statutory race committee.

We are also happy to support other representative structures that other equality strands may call for now or in the future.

On Tuesday 19th September there is a race equality group stakeholder meeting of the CEHR which is going to be discussing this issue and the issue of case work and enforcement.

Issues such as case law, enforcement powers and legal aid should also be open to further discussion during consultation on the Discrimination Law Review, which is charged with drafting a Single Equality Bill. We will be writing again on this issue. For the moment, there is concern that no public discussion has been initiated by the DLR team around this issue and the timescale is considerably delayed.

We are asking for your support for a statutory race committee with powers on a similar level to those of the statutory Disability Committee already provided for under the Equality Act, which established the CEHR. The race committee will serve:

a) To set strategic objectives for race equality and fulfil the powers and responsibilities of the Commission on race equality.

b) To monitor and audit progress on those objectives, powers and responsibilities.

c) To develop sustainable and reciprocal relationships with Black communities across the UK for the purpose of long term engagement in advising the work of the Race Committee and of the CEHR as a whole.

d) To produce an annual ‘State of Black Britain' Report

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