CRE calls for public sector race scrutiny

The Commission for Racial Equality has called on inspection bodies to
scrutinise the public sector’s adherence to the Race Relations (Amendment) Act.

It calls for close inspection of racial equality in service delivery and
employment in its annual report.

The CRE welcomes the act, which places a duty on public bodies to monitor
and promote racial equality, claiming it has become a major consideration for
the public sector and government. There has been progress, particularly in
reporting and recording incidents.

CRE chairman Gurbux Singh said the troubles in Bradford and other cities
should not divert attention from the opportunities the act has brought.

Last week, Personnel Today reported on Unison research that suggested only
11 per cent of public sector employers have set targets to increase the
proportion of staff from ethnic minorities.

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