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Friday, 12 June 2015

British Council Race Relations 2






British Council Race Relations 2

From: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
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Subject: RE: British Council Race Relations - Freedom of Information Act Request (FOI/2015/35)
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:58:15 +0100


Dear Fiona Bartels- Ellis (Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), British Council,


Lyndsey Keogh | Information Policy Advisor: FOI has asked me to contact you directly.


I have attached copies of correspondence with Lyndsey Keogh | Information Policy Advisor below.


Please could you let me know what is going on as there appears to be problems with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the British Council. It appears that the British Council is failing to have "due regard" as the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010) requires.


Please could you read through the correspondence and clarify the situation for me.


Kind regards


Derrick Lynch, IC3, B9, BEUR


________________________________________________


From: FOIenquiriesadmin@britishcouncil.org
To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: RE: British Council Race Relations - Freedom of Information Act Request (FOI/2015/35)
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:10:58 +0000




Dear Mr. Lynch



Thank you for your email.



The relevant person is Fiona Bartels- Ellis (Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) and her email address is Fiona.Bartels-Ellis@britishcouncil.org



Please get in touch with her directly.



Kind regards,





Lyndsey Keogh | Information Policy Advisor: FOI | Global Information Services



http://www.britishcouncil.org/organisation/how-we-work/freedom-of-information








From: Derrick Lynch [mailto:derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 02 June 2015 16:14
To: FOI enquiries admin
Cc: info@irr.org.uk; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk; omar@runnymedetrust.org
Subject: British Council Race Relations - Freedom of Information Act Request (FOI/2015/35)




Dear Lyndsey Keogh | Information Policy Advisor: FOI | Information Security & Governance,





Thank you for your reply.





You wrote:


"We do not have a distinct Race Relations Policy."





"As we do not have a separate policy there is no related report."





"However we are not doing as well as we would wish at top management levels in particular. "





I am concerned that the British Council has a very serious problem with Race Relations and that Black people are being abused in the British Council.











You wrote:


"We equality screen and impact assess our policies to support race equality and promote good race relations alongside other actions."








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



Please would you let me have the email address of the person responsible for Race Relations so that they can provide a full explanation for this apparent failure to have "due regard" for Race Relations in the British Council.




________________________________________________________________






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



Is there any evidence that the British Council is having “due regard” for Race Relations 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.



King regards



Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR























From: FOIenquiriesadmin@britishcouncil.org
To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request (FOI/2015/35)
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:01:47 +0000


Case Reference: FOI/2015/35





2 June 2015





Dear Mr Lynch



Thank you for your request for information dated 10 May 2015 concerning race relations. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.



I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold some, but not all, of the information you have requested.



For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and have provided our response beneath each point.



1. The BRITISH COUNCIL Race Relations Policy.



We do not have a distinct Race Relations Policy. The area of race is covered in our Equality Policy and our Diversity Strategy where it is one of seven main areas of focus for us. This is accessible through the following linkhttp://www.britishcouncil.org/organisation/transparency/policies/equality-diversity-inclusion



2. A BRITISH COUNCIL report on how the Race Relations Policy has been performing to date.



As we do not have a separate policy there is no related report. We do however produce annual equality monitoring and other diversity related reports for internal purposes which cover race/ethnicity. This includes a staff survey report and an equal pay report covering equality areas including race/ethnicity.



3. Details of how BRITISH COUNCIL manages and monitors Race Relations.



We undertake equality monitoring and cross tabulation as part of managing and monitoring our performance. Overall, minority ethnic people are well represented within our UK contracted workforce. However we are not doing as well as we would wish at top management levels in particular.



We equality screen and impact assess our policies to support race equality and promote good race relations alongside other actions.



4. Details of how many Black people are in and have been in Senior Management positions in BRITISH COUNCIL.



We interpret Black as Black African, Black Caribbean and Black other. Although these contribute to our minority ethnic targets, the Black staff figures are not the only figures that do so.



Our ethnicity data is almost complete (99% declaration rate overall).



At 31 March 2015 there was no staff who had declared Black ethnicity in the top management group. Over the past five years we can confirm that there have been both Black and Asian staff in this management group however we are withholding the actual numbers since the exemption, under section 40(2) (Personal information), applies to it.



Section 40(2) provides that information relating to third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOIA disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to that person or if it is confidential.



The number of Black and Asian staff in the top management group over the past five years is low therefore if we were to provide this information it is likely that the staff members would be identifiable.



Section 40 is an absolute exemption therefore is not subject to the public interest test.



At 31 March 2015 there were 1.5% Black staff in the senior management and top management group combined. In the last five years we have had between 1 and 2% Black staff at this level.





I hope the information provided has been useful.



If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:



Freedom of Information Officer

Information Security and Governance

British Council

Bridgewater House

58 Whitworth Street

Manchester

M1 6BB

Email: foi@britishcouncil.org





If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:



The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF



Phone: 0303 123 1113

Website: www.ico.gov.uk





Yours sincerely





Lyndsey Keogh | Information Policy Advisor: FOI | Information Security & Governance



www.britishcouncil.org | www.britishcouncil.org/freedom-of-information








From: freedomofinformation
Sent: 18 May 2015 12:58
To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request (FOI/2015/35)



Ref No: FOI/2015/35



18 May 2015





Dear Mr Lynch



Thank you for your email, dated 10 May 2015, and received by the IGRM team on 18 May 2015, to the British Council.



Please note that your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days (from the received date).



If you have any further queries about this request please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.



Yours Sincerely,





Lyndsey Keogh | Information Policy Advisor: FOI | Global Information Services



http://www.britishcouncil.org/organisation/how-we-work/freedom-of-information





-----Original Message-----
From: solas.support@britishcouncil.org [mailto:solas.support@britishcouncil.org] On Behalf Of Derrick
Sent: 10 May 2015 13:50
To: British Council Customer Service UK
Subject: Form submission from: Contact Us

Submitted on Sunday 10 May 2015 - 13:49
Submitted by user:
Submitted values are:

First name: Derrick
Surname: Lynch
Email: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
Where are you based? United Kingdom
What is your enquiry about? Other
Enquiry:
Dear BRITISH COUNCIL,

I am Derrick Lynch a potential customer of BRITISH COUNCIL.
I am live at 5 Hedge Hill, Enfield, EN2 8RU.
I am classified, by the British Government, as an IC3, Black, Male.
I have attached a 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 BRITISH COUNCIL website.

Please could you send me:

1. The BRITISH COUNCIL Race Relations Policy.
2. A BRITISH COUNCIL report on how the Race Relations Policy has been performing to date.
3. Details of how BRITISH COUNCIL manages and monitors Race Relations.
4. Details of how many Black people are in and have been in Senior Management positions in BRITISH COUNCIL.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch, IC3, B9, BEUR


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