Published On: 29 June 2022

Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:

“We’re immensely relieved that the Covid inquiry has been given the go-ahead after months of stalling. It’s equally positive to see that the call we, alongside other race equality organisations, made for inequalities to be at the forefront of the terms of reference has been accepted by the Prime Minister. We will work constructively with Lady Hallett and the inquiry team to provide evidence on the unequal impacts of the pandemic on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities so that lessons are learned and this sorry state of affairs is never repeated.”


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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.