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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Brent Council European Race Relations 2


Brent Council European Race Relations 2








From: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
To: cara.davani@brent.gov.uk; foi@brent.gov.uk
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Subject: Brent Council European Race Relations [169220-1432114325]
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:13:22 +0100







Dear Cara Davani, Director of HR and Equalities in Brent Council,


James Scott, the Principal FoI Officer of Brent Council, advised me to contact you with my query.


I fail to see how Brent Council can have "due regard" for Race Relations without having any Racial data.




The Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010) requires public authorities to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:

1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.

2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

3. Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.




I am concerned about the management of European Race Relations and not about Ethnicity Relations or Diversity Relations.




Race a Protected Characteristic

As you probably know Race is one of the "Protected Characteristics" in the Equality Act 2010.

Refers to the protected characteristic of Race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.

Note 1: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/private-and-public-sector-guidance/guidance-all/protected-characteristics




Race as defined by the British Police


Code

Ethnicity


IC1

White - North European / White European


IC2

White - South European / Dark European


IC3

Black


IC4

Asian (in the UK Asian refers to people from the Indian subcontinent like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal)


IC5

Chinese, Japanese, or other South East Asian


IC6

Arabic or North African / Middle Eastern


IC9

Unknown




Note 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_codes#cite_note-mpabriefing-2

Please follow these links to understand the Official British Government codification of the differences between Race and Ethnicity.

Source:http://policeauthority.org/metropolitan/publications/briefings/2007/0703/index.html

Source: http://century.guardian.co.uk/1970-1979/Story/0,6051,106880,00.html




Race not to be confused with Ethnicity

I have given the link to the Ethnicity Data Standard as specified by the Information Standards Board to make it clear that I am not asking for Ethnicity information.

Source: http://www.education.gov.uk/escs-isb/standardslibrary/a0077051/ethnicity-data-standard

Failure to manage Race Relations effectively results in the failure to address the problem of Racism.



________________________________________________________________




My Race Relations query




Please would you send me details of where I can find Council information showing that “due regard” has been exercised in recording and monitoring Race Relations between the IC1 White Northern European Race and the IC2 Dark Southern European Race as required by the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010).

_________________________________________________________________




It is very clear that the Police recognise the Racial difference between the IC1 White North European and the IC2 Dark South European Races and record and use this data for legal purposes.

I am very concerned that no effort is being made to achieve European Race Equality.

I look forward to your reply on this very serious issue.




King regards




Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR










From: foi@brent.gov.uk
To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: RE: Brent Council European Race Relations [169220-1432114325]
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 15:16:39 +0000




Dear Mr Lynch,



Cara Davani is the Director of HR and has responsibility for equalities in the Borough. She can be contacted atcara.davani@brent.gov.uk



Regards,




James Scott



Principal FoI Officer

Chief Operating Officer’s Department

London Borough of Brent



020 8937 1109




From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 20 May 2015 15:49
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: RE: Brent Council European Race Relations [169220-1432114325]





Dear James Scott Principal FoI Officer,

Thank you for your reply.

I can not find the email of the person responsible for equalities on the Council website.

Please forward my email to somebody who can help me.

Thank you.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR




From:Freedom of Information
Sent: 20/05/2015 15:28
To: 'Derrick Lynch'
Subject: RE: Brent Council European Race Relations [169220-1432114325]


Dear Mr Lynch,



I fear you have misunderstood my response.



Your request was to be directed to a document that demonstrated that the Council fulfilled a certain requirement. In effect, this was a request for the Council to answer whether it had fulfilled that requirement and a challenge to produce evidence to that effect. Whilst that is a perfectly reasonable request to make, it is not a request for a specific document – it is a request for the Council to perform a service on your behalf and express an opinion. Whether the Council has fulfilled that requirement is a matter of opinion, and opinion falls outside of FoIA.



The Freedom of Information Act exists for individuals to request documents and named information, that is already held in recorded form by the Council at the time it was requested. By asking the Council to demonstrate that it has fulfilled a certain requirement you are asking the Council to create new information, and in that way it falls outside the jurisdiction of the Act.



I would re-iterate that the information you are seeking is almost certainly found within the webpages that I linked to you. If it is not, you will be able to find the contact details of the officers who prepared those documents who may be able to assist you further.



Regards,




James Scott



Principal FoI Officer

Chief Operating Officer’s Department

London Borough of Brent



020 8937 1109




From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 20 May 2015 15:09
To: Freedom of Information
Cc: black.national.party@gmail.com; info@irr.org.uk; info@obv.org.uk; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk; toyin@ligali.org; everton_young@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: RE: Brent Council European Race Relations [169220-1432114325]







Dear James Scott Principal FoI Officer,





Thank you for your reply.




You wrote:

" it is not a request for information recorded in permanent form as required in Section 1 of the Act."





Please would you forward my request for this Racial information through to the equalities division of the Council or to a person that will be able to provide a full explanation as to why the Council has neglected to record Racial information, in permanent form, in order to carry out the duty the Council has as required under the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010).



The Police record Racial information in permanent form for Racial and legal purposes. I need a full explanation as to why the Council has failed to record this information for Race Relations purposes under the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010).





The Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010) requires public authorities to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:

1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.

2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

3. Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.



I am very concerned that no effort is being made to foster good relations between IC1 North Europeans and IC2 South Europeans to achieve European Race Equality. I fear Race Relations as a whole could be suffering from this apparent oversight.

I look forward to your reply on this very serious issue.

King regards

Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR



















______________________________________________________________________


> From: foi@brent.gov.uk
> To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
> Subject: RE: Brent Council European Race Relations [169220-1432114325]
> Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 13:15:00 +0000
>
> Dear Mr Lynch,
>
> Thank you for your email. Unfortunately I am not able to log your request as a request under the Freedom of Information Act as it is not a request for information recorded in permanent form as required in Section 1 of the Act. If you are able to clarify the precise document or data you are seeking I will be able to log a request under FoIA.
>
> The Council's equalities policy, strategy and annual equalities reports can be found on the Council's website at:
>
> http://brent.gov.uk/your-council/about-brent-council/council-structure-and-how-we-work/equality-and-diversity/equality-in-brent/
>
> I hope that you will be able to find the information you are seeking on these pages.
>
> Regards,
>
> James Scott
>
> Principal FoI Officer
> Chief Operating Officer's Department
> London Borough of Brent
>
> 020 8937 1109
>
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Customer message:
> Brent Council European Race Relations
>
> To whom it may concern at the Council,
>
> I am Derrick Lynch.
>
> I live at 5 Hedge Hill, Enfield, London, EN2 8RU.
>
> I am classified, by the British Government, as an IC3, Black, Male.
>
> I have attached illustrated versions of the Race and Ethnicity Codes as used by the British Police and Civil Services.
>
> I am a victim of Racism which I understand as being the same as White Supremacy.
>
> I have been reading the Council website.
>
> The Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010) requires public authorities to have ?due regard? to the need to:
>
> Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
>
> Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
>
> Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
>
> This is a Freedom of Information Act request.
>
> I am concerned about the management of European Race Relations and not about Ethnicity Relations or Diversity Relations.
>
> As you know Race is one of the "Protected Characteristics" in the Equality Act 2010.
>
> Race a Protected Characteristic
>
> Refers to the protected characteristic of Race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including
> citizenship) ethnic or national origins.
>
> Note 1: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/private-and-public-sector-guidance/guidance-all/protected-characteristics
>
> Race as defined by the British Police
>
>
>
>
> Code
>
>
> Ethnicity[2]
>
>
>
>
> IC1
>
>
> White - North European / White European
>
>
>
>
> IC2
>
>
> White - South European / Dark European
>
>
>
>
> IC3
>
>
> Black
>
>
>
>
> IC4
>
>
> Asian (in the UK Asian refers to people from the Indian
> subcontinent like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal)
>
>
>
>
> IC5
>
>
> Chinese, Japanese, or other South East Asian
>
>
>
>
> IC6
>
>
> Arabic or North African / Middle Eastern
>
>
>
>
> IC9
>
>
> Unknown
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Note 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_codes#cite_note-mpabriefing-2
>
> Please follow these links to understand the Official British Government codification of the differences between Race and Ethnicity.
>
> Source:http://policeauthority.org/metropolitan/publications/briefings/2007/0703/index.html
>
> Source: http://century.guardian.co.uk/1970-1979/Story/0,6051,106880,00.html
>
> Race not to be confused with Ethnicity
>
> I have given the link to the Ethnicity Data Standard as specified by the Information Standards Board to make it clear that I am not asking for Ethnicity information.
>
> Source: http://www.education.gov.uk/escs-isb/standardslibrary/a0077051/ethnicity-data-standard
>
> Failure to manage Race Relations effectively results in the failure to address the problem of Racism.
>
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
>
>
> This is the Freedom of Information Act request.
>
> Please would you send me details of where I can find Council information showing that ?due regard? has been exercised in recording and monitoring Race Relations between the IC1 White Northern European Race and the IC2 Dark Southern European Race as required by the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010).
>
> _________________________________________________________________
>
> It is very clear that the Police recognise the Racial difference between the IC1 White North European and the IC2 Dark South European Races and record and use this data for legal purposes.
>
> I am very concerned that no effort is being made to achieve European Race Equality.
>
> I look forward to your reply on this very serious issue.
>
> King regards
>
> Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR
> --
> The use of Brent Council's e-mail system may be monitored and communications read in order to secure effective operation of the system and other lawful purposes.
>




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