Published On: 17 November 2022
Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:
“Today’s Autumn Statement fails to understand the challenges currently being faced by communities. Our work has shown that minority communities emerged from the pandemic poorer and with fewer resources to their name – so their livelihoods are at greater risk of a downturn as a result of the recession. 
“Unfortunately, decisions that have been subsequently made, such as the removal of the £20 Universal Credit uplift, have meant that these communities have been further exposed to the sharp end of the current cost of living crisis. 
“Whilst we welcome the increases in funding for some public services and raise in benefits in line with inflation announced in today’s statement, it appears that on the whole, public services will not be given the money needed to address the multiple demands they are juggling currently. So the plans set out today are likely to worsen the situation faced by many vulnerable communities.”

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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.

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