Work on Racial Justice
The Fairness Commission in late 2019/early 2020 began looking at issues around racism in Sutton in response to murder of George Floyd and disproportionate impact of COVID-19.
In 2017 the Runnymede Trust had produced a Race Equality Scorecard for Sutton covering employment, education, health, housing, etc. This showed that while inequalities Sutton where less stark, they were still clear and systemic. This data was reproduced in 2021 and showed the same trends.
Given this baseline, the Fairness Commission used storytelling to get an understanding of what it feels like for BAME community members to live in Sutton - to hear from BAME community members how potential/actual discrimination and exclusions impacted on their lives and opportunities. These stories were also supplemented by hearing from BAME Community members in weekly conversations (via the Race Equality Group supported by CAS 15-40 people).
The findings and recommendations based on this work can be found below.
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