Press releases

We speak up against racial inequality across the UK.

Find all the latest major announcements, breaking news, press releases and commentary from the Race Equality Foundation on issues relating to inequalities in health and social care, housing and other public services.

For more information about any press release, email comms@racefound.org.uk or call the Communications team on 07593 454182.

Latest press releases

  • 25May

    Race Equality Foundation statement on 2nd anniversary of George Floyd’s death

    Two years on from the murder of George Floyd, what has changed? The murder of George Floyd in the US and the collective revulsion and action led by Black people across the world will rightly be seen as a watershed moment.  But as is the case with Stephen Lawrence here in the UK, what we cannot lose sight of […]

  • 20May

    New toolkit launched to improve dementia care for South Asian people

    People living with dementia from South Asian communities will benefit from improved culturally sensitive support, thanks to a new online toolkit launched by universities and charities. The toolkit hosted by the Race Equality Foundation will provide enhanced care for members of South Asian communities – many of whom receive significantly less effective dementia care from […]

  • 10May

    Race Equality Foundation responds to Queen’s Speech

    Commenting on plans to reform the Mental Health Act mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “Action on racial inequalities in mental health is long overdue. The Government’s focus on the struggles of Black African and Caribbean people, particularly in being detained under the Mental Health Act, is a […]

  • 6May

    Race Equality Foundation letter and briefing on race and the Covid-19 inquiry

    The Race Equality Foundation’s CEO, Jabeer Butt OBE, has written to the Chair of the Covid-19 inquiry along with eight other organisations, asking for: A clear plan to secure testimony and evidence from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and the organisations that work with them on the impact of COVID-19 and what could be […]

  • 30Mar

    Race Equality Foundation responds to British Social Attitudes Survey results

    Responding to the British Social Attitudes Survey results, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “It is no surprise that Black and Asian groups reported such low satisfaction with the NHS. Health inequalities have been laid bare in recent years and revealed the shockingly poor experiences and outcomes of these communities across the healthcare […]

  • 24Mar

    Race Equality Foundation responds to the Spring Statement

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:  “The Spring Statement today seems like smoke and mirrors for the majority of families. The forecast is even worse for those experiencing in-work poverty, or in lower-paid positions in low-paid sectors – all of which are more likely to be […]

  • 17Mar

    Race Equality Foundation responds to Government’s Inclusive Britain strategy

    Commenting on the Government’s response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:  “After pouring fuel on the fire with the publication of the Sewell report, we hoped that the Government’s response would be more considered.  Much of what has been publicly briefed feels like being served two day-old porridge, […]

  • 9Mar

    Race Equality Foundation comments on plan for NHS reform

    Ahead of the Health Secretary’s speech on 8 March announcing a new vision for NHS reform, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:  “Health inequalities are often the elephant in the room when it comes to reform of the NHS. Repeated analysis has highlighted the cost to the NHS of health inequalities and […]

  • 2Mar

    Race Equality Foundation comments on racism reported at Ukraine’s borders

    In response to reports of racism at Ukraine’s borders, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “It is unacceptable to hear that Black and ethnic minority people in Ukraine are being blocked from fleeing to safety and treated as though their lives are worth less than others. War causes indiscriminate suffering and everyone deserves […]

  • 22Feb

    Race Equality Foundation responds to end of all Covid restrictions

    In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of the end of all Covid restrictions, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “Whilst we would all prefer to live without the need for restrictions, this can only be done if public health is also protected. Unfortunately, public health now seems to be on […]

  • 21Feb

    Race Equality Foundation responds to Monitoring the Mental Health Act

    Commenting on the CQC’s annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “We’re glad to see this important report pay attention to the pervasive racism that affects Black and minority ethnic people’s access to mental health treatment, care experiences and quality of outcomes. The […]

  • 14Feb

    Race Equality Foundation responds to NHS RHO report on racial health inequalities

    Commenting on the report on ethnic health inequalities published by the NHS Race and Health Observatory, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:  “This report pulls together important evidence on ethnic health inequalities, which will hopefully be used by more organisations and individuals to understand and tackle these shameful inequalities going forward. […]

  • 27Jan

    Race Equality Foundation announces innovative Wellcome-funded ethnicity project

    The Race Equality Foundation has kicked off an innovative project to improve the recording of ethnicity and help tackle health inequalities on a wide scale. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the poor quality of ethnicity data held by public bodies, inconsistency between data sets and missing data.  At the same time, there has been a […]

  • 23Dec

    Race Equality Foundation responds to Govt Vision for Women’s Health Strategy

    In response to the Women’s Health Strategy Vision Document published by the Government, Tracey Bignall, Senior Policy & Practice Officer at the Race Equality Foundation said:  “The national approach to women’s health is in dire need of transformation. It’s clear that ethnicity has a huge influence on women’s health experiences and outcomes, which must no longer be […]

  • 2Dec

    Race Equality Foundation comments on latest ethnicity and criminal justice system figures

    Commenting on the latest MoJ ethnicity and the criminal justice system figures, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “These figures tell a disturbing story that is unfortunately all too familiar: if you are from a minority ethnic group, you are disproportionately likely to end up in the criminal justice system compared to your […]

  • 29Nov

    Race Equality Foundation signs joint statement on the Channel crossing tragedy

    The Race Equality Foundation has signed a joint statement with over 150 other organisations, asking the Government to put safety first. — Following the tragic deaths of at least 27 people in the English Channel – including children – it is time for serious action. We cannot stand by and let this Government’s harsh rhetoric and ill-thought-out approach go unchecked.   This Government’s policy of […]

  • 11Nov

    Race Equality Foundation comments on Mbrrace report on deaths of Black pregnant women

    Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “This distressing evidence of Black women being more than four times more likely to die in childbirth, adds insult to injury because it shows little has improved over the past decade, or longer.   “Worryingly, there is evidence that NHS England’s commitment to provide ‘continuity of care’, […]

  • 27Oct

    Race Equality Foundation responds to the 2021 Budget

    Responding to today’s Budget, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE said: “We wanted to see today’s Budget investing in people over places and building back fairer for those communities that have been so badly hit by the many effects of the pandemic. Covid has had a disproportionately damaging impact on Black, Asian […]

  • 22Oct

    Race Equality Foundation comments on HMI Probation youth justice report

    Commenting on HMI Probation’s report on the experiences of black and mixed heritage boys in the youth justice system, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE said:  “The evidence on the lack of early intervention to address multiple and complex needs of black and mixed race heritage boys now in the youth justice system […]

  • 22Oct

    Race Equality Foundation responds to CQC State of Care report

    CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE said: “Caring for our communities should mean leaving no-one behind, but the pandemic has exposed the cruel reality of inequalities in health and care today. This report confirms the disproportionate impact of Covid on both people receiving care and healthcare staff from Black, Asian and minority […]

  • 14Oct

    Race Equality Foundation comments on new House of Commons Covid report

    Commenting on the Covid lessons learned report from the HoC Health and Social Care Committee, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE said:  “The pandemic has laid bare shocking inequalities in our society. We need to remember that Covid is far from over, for some communities more than others – recent figures suggest that Black, […]

  • 14Oct

    Race Equality Foundation comments on latest hate crime figures

    Responding to the new Hate Crime figures published by the Government on 12 October 2021, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE, said: “The latest hate crime figures paint a bleak picture for equality in the UK. The fact that almost three quarters of hate crimes were racially motivated shows just how far is […]

  • 5Oct

    Race Equality Foundation responds to news of a deal for sickle cell treatment

    Responding to news that the NHS has announced a deal for sickle cell treatment, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE said:  “This life-changing sickle cell treatment will be a game changer for thousands of people, including those from African Caribbean backgrounds amongst whom sickle cell is much more prevalent. Our research briefing on this topic highlighted […]

  • 1Oct

    Race Equality Foundation responds to launch of new Office for Health Improvement & Disparities

    Commenting on the Government’s launch of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), CEO of the Race Equality Foundation, Jabeer Butt OBE said: “We welcome the establishment of the OHID and look forward to working with it to promote prevention in addressing health inequalities. However, some developments are troubling.   “We were concerned that the lack […]

  • 14Sep

    Race Equality Foundation launches new pioneering toolkit to improve children’s wellbeing

    The Race Equality Foundation has today launched a new toolkit which aims to reduce health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing for children, through reducing parental conflict. The unique toolkit highlights that: ●  1 in 10 children living with both parents have one parent reporting ‘relationship distress’ ●  Children’s wellbeing and life outcomes are affected by conflict between their […]

  • 8Sep

    Race Equality Foundation responds to new Government plans for social care

    Responding to the Government announcement on social care, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:  “Today’s announcement is important, particularly for our ageing Black, Asian and minority ethnic population, with comparatively poorer health, who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid.  “More money for our cash-strapped NHS is a positive and sorely needed […]

  • 18Aug

    Race Equality Foundation comments on unemployment gap for Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers

    Commenting on the newly published ONS labour market report and the TUC’s analysis of BME unemployment figures, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “While this report shows the UK labour market starting to rebound, we cannot brush aside the bad news. Reports that the unemployment rate for Black, Asian and ethnic minority workers has risen […]

  • 30Jul

    Race Equality Foundation joins Archbishops Commission on Reimagining Care

    The Race Equality Foundation has joined the Archbishops Commission on Reimagining Care.   Established by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Commission aims to articulate the enduring values and principles which should underpin care and caring. It will seek to shape how we respond to ageing and disability in our society, challenging existing attitudes and models […]

  • 25May

    Racism and Housing Article

    Our Cheif Executive Jabeer Butt OBE was recently featured in Inside Housing’s new series Racism and Housing. The recent shocking exposés about damp, mouldy, and unsanitary conditions in social housing in the national media sparked an investigation by the Housing Ombudsman. This article on how race impacts on people’s chances of living in a damp […]

  • 26Jun

    SFSC programme on the Wright Show

    The Foundation welcomes the comments of Journalist and Broadcaster, Martin Daubney, on the Wright Show on Friday 22nd June, about his attendance at an SFSC Parenting Course in Southwark.  Great to hear someone in the public eye sharing his experiences about asking for and receiving help in bringing up his son, and to find out […]

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