Subject: Bristol City Council Race Relations - Internal Review Request
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:02:40 +0100
Dear Freedom of Information Team, Bristol City Council,
Thank you for your reply.
" . . . we were concerned that our community outreach work with these communities was identifying high deprivation and high needs in Bristol, but we could not identify whether they were having their needs met by services."
If Bristol City Council does not recognise or use the series of race classifications set out by the British Police, what series of Race classifications does Bristol City Council use?
How is it possible for Bristol City Council to have "due regard" for the protected groups as the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010) requires if Bristol City Council does not use any Racial classifications?
I fail to see how Bristol City Council can have "due regard" for Race Relations without having any Racial monitoring data and a Race Relations policy.
It appears that Bristol City Council has made no effort to record, monitor and report on the difference between the IC1 White North European Race (Caucasoid) and the IC2 Dark South European Race (Melanochroid). It is possible that there could be horrific inequalities between the IC1 White North European Race (Caucasoid) and the IC2 Dark South European Race (Melanochroid) that have not been reported due to this Racially Aggravated Negligence.
May I remind you of the need to take your obligations under the Equality Act very seriously. No Racial data in Bristol City Council reports is evidence of Racially Aggravated Gross Misconduct that is resulting in Racially Aggravated Disorderly Behavior.
A survey should be done immediately to find out what is going on between the European Races and how this Racially Aggravated Negligence is impacting community cohesion.
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
White - North European / White European
White - South European / Dark European
Asian (in the UK Asian refers to people from the Indian subcontinent like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal)
Chinese, Japanese, or other South East Asian
Arabic or North African / Middle Eastern / Mixed Race
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.
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.
Failure to manage Race Relations effectively results in the failure to address the problem of Racism.
Race Relations Internal Review Requested - Danger of Racism
Please could you send me the email contact details of the person responsible for equalities in Bristol City Council.
It is very clear that the Police recognise the Racial difference between the IC1 White North European (Caucasoid) and the IC2 Dark South European Races (Melanochroid) and record and use this data for Race Relations purposes.
I am horrified that no effort is being made apparently to achieve European Race Equality. It is possible that the poor management of Race and Ethnicity in Bristol City Council is impacting policy in Bristol City Council and impacting the decisions being made in Bristol City Council.
It is possible that there are poor Race Relations between the IC1 White North European Race (Caucasoid) and the IC2 Dark South European Race (Melanochroid) in Bristol City Council and that this dreadful inequality is impacting relations between other Races and causing Bristol City Council unknown problems.
I am concerned that poor management of Race Relations in Bristol City Council is resulting in Racially Aggravated Gross Misconduct which is making Bristol City Council not fit for purpose.
Please process this request for information as an Internal Review.
I look forward to a full reply on this very serious issue.
Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR
> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:00:03 +0000
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Freedom of Information Response
> Dear Mr Lynch,
> Thank you for your enquiry. Bristol City Council uses two equalities monitoring forms. One is a short form which is used for monitoring participation in surveys and other such activities where our contact is less than one hour with the customer. One is a longer form which includes more detailed monitoring of faith, ethnicity and disability. We use the longer form for customers where we have a relationship which lasts for more than an hour – for example council housing tenants, social care service users etc.
> The short form uses the following categories which could be ticked by someone of European Origin.
> Other White background ( ) Black British and other minority ethnic background ( )
> The longer form invites people to write in their ethnicity if it is not covered by a category
> The stated categories for Europeans are
> White - Irish
> Gypsy (Roma Gypsy)
> Eastern European
> Bristol does not have the same level of diversity as London. The main migrant groups reported in the 2011 census are attached. The communities specified in the longer Equality Monitoring forms are identified by needs – for example in Bristol we know that people of Kurdish, Arab, Turkish origin present for support from the council’s services, more than people of German or French origin. We introduced the additional categories in 2010 because we were concerned that our community outreach work with these communities was identifying high deprivation and high needs in Bristol, but we could not identify whether they were having their needs met by services.
> This response should answer your request in full, however if you are not satisfied with this response or wish to lodge an appeal against any exemptions that may have been applied, you can do so by writing to the Data Protection Officer at Bristol City Council Legal Services, City Hall, College Green, Bristol, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of the complaints procedure can be found at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/complaints
> If, after you have exhausted the council's complaints procedure, you are still not satisfied with the response you have received you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, details of your right to complain can be found at http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx
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