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Monday, 1 June 2015

Leeds City Council Race Relations

Leeds City Council Race Relations


From: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
To: ccdpfoi@leeds.gov.uk; gerard.watson@leeds.gov.uk
CC: info@irr.org.uk; george.ruddock@gvmedia.co.uk; omar@runnymedetrust.org; black.national.party@gmail.com
Subject: Leeds City Council Race Relations - Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 14285)
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:26:56 +0100




Dear Saleem Aziz, Information Governance Officer,


Thank you for your reply.


You wrote:
" As you will see from our equality monitoring form (page 19) we do not differentiate between White Northern European and Dark Southern European"






It appears that from the information I am receiving from Leeds City Council that there is a problem with Race Relations in Leeds City Council. As a result of the way my request for information has been handled it has caused me to doubt the management of Race Relations in Leeds City Council.




You, Saleem Aziz, could be a victim of White Supremacists. There is no way for me to know whether you, Saleem Aziz, are a victim of White Supremacists unless I ask you and observe. I cannot afford to take the risk of assuming that you, Saleem Aziz, are not a victim of Racists. That is why I must ask and observe your response. It is very relevant to know if you, Saleem Aziz, are a victim of Racists when making an inquiry about Race Relations in Leeds City Council and the way Race Relations impacts the management of the people in Leeds City. Can you understand that?




1. Are you, Saleem Aziz, of Arabian heritage? Yes or No?

2. Are you, Saleem Aziz, of Muslim heritage? Yes or No?

3. Are you, Saleem Aziz, a victim of Racism? Yes or No?

4. What is your self-defined Ethnicity Saleem Aziz?







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



Please let me know who in the Leeds City Council Equalities Department can explain why these Races are not recognised by Leeds City Council in relation to the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010) .



I am very concerned that no effort is being made to foster good relations between the European Races and how this could be impacting Race Relations in general in Leeds City.



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



King regards



Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR












From: CCDPFOI@leeds.gov.uk
To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 14285)
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:57:43 +0000




Dear Derrick Lynch



Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 14285)



I refer to the above and your request dated 20/05/2015. I have contacted the relevant services and now provide a response to the following 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).



Our approach to equality is in line with our duties and responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, and is included in our Equality and Diversity Policy. The policy applies to all: council members; service users and those applying to access services; contractors and sub-contractors; and employees. Our policy encompasses our approach to equality monitoring and how we use this to identify trends and areas of inequality, so that we can take appropriate action to address these. Our policy is at:



http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equality%20and%20Diversity%20Policy%202011%20-%202015.pdf



I am also attaching our equality monitoring guidance which outlines the law in relation to this area (page 4), and goes on to describe our approach across all the protected characteristics. We have standard categories for our equality monitoring. These have been informed by categories included in the National Census and those characteristics protected by equality legislation. As you will see from our equality monitoring form (page 19) we do not differentiate between White Northern European and Dark Southern European



I hope this information is useful to you. If however you are dissatisfied with this response you have a right to appeal to an independent officer within Corporate Information Governance. They will re-examine your request and assess whether we have adhered to the requirements of the act. Should you wish to follow this course of action please address your concerns in writing to Saleem Aziz, Corporate Information Governance, 2nd Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR or by emailing ccdpfoi@leeds.gov.uk.



You also have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act to ask the Information Commissioner to decide whether we have met with our obligations under the act. The Commissioner has however made it clear that he expects all applicants to exhaust internal appeals procedures prior to making such an application. Should you wish to contact the Commissioner’s office then you can write to the following address:



Office of the Information Commissioner,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire,

SK9 5AF.



You may also contact the Commissioner via his website at www.ico.gov.uk



I trust that this is self-explanatory. If you have any queries please contact me on 0113 39 52734, or by return email.



Yours sincerely,






Saleem Aziz

Information Governance Officer

t: 0113 39 52734

e: ccdpfoi@leeds.gov.uk

e: ccdpfoi@leeds.gcsx.gov.uk

w: www.leeds.gov.uk



Corporate Information Governance, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR



“Information is everyone’s business and responsibility.”




The information in this email (and any attachment) may be for the intended recipient only. If you know you are not the intended recipient, please do not use or disclose the information in any way and please delete this email (and any attachment) from your system.





The Council does not accept service of legal documents by e-mail.








From: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk
To: gerard.watson@leeds.gov.uk
CC: black.national.party@gmail.com
Subject: Leeds City Council European Race Relations
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 14:16:58 +0100


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:

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.

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


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 a reply on this very serious issue.




King regards




Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR


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