Published On: 6 May 2022

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 done to protect them from future pandemics
  • A rapid evidence review from an institution that has a standing in the field of researching racism and racial inequality
  • A demonstration of independence from the Government, by focusing on racism and racial inequality and not “disparities”, in understanding what needs to change to ensure that future public health emergencies do not once again disproportionately impact Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Read the letter here.

Read our related briefing here.

Read the response from the Covid-19 inquiry to our letter.

Notes to editors

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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.