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Race Equality Foundation comments on EHRC report on ethnic minority health and care workers

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published its report on its inquiry into the treatment and experiences of lower-paid ethnic minority workers in health and social care.

Commenting, Jabeer Butt OBE, member of the expert advisory panel and CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:

“This report lifts the veil on the bleak experiences of lower-paid ethnic minority health and social care staff. The sad truth is that the situation is not improving – many social care workers are now employed by small employers where it appears the Public Sector Equality Duty requirements are either not applied or not enforced. 

“It’s also troubling that the missing data mentioned in this report may mask the true scale of discrimination against lower-paid ethnic minority workers. The recommendations of this inquiry need to be taken seriously if we want to fix social care for everyone.”

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Notes to editors

1. Press contact: comms@racefound.org.uk / 07593 454182

2. About the Race Equality Foundation

The Race Equality Foundation is a national charity tackling racial inequality across public services to improve the lives of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We do this by:

  • Exploring what is known about discrimination and disadvantage
  • Developing evidence-based better practice to promote equality
  • Sharing better practice through educational activities, conferences, written & online material
  • Working with national and local partners from the community, voluntary, statutory and social enterprise sectors.

The Foundation was established in 1987 as part of the National Institute for Social Work and was known as the Race Equality Unit. It became an independent charitable organisation in 1995, and in 2006, changed its name to the Race Equality Foundation.

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