Published On: 24 March 2022

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 Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, as we highlighted in our Race Equity Collaboratives work on the pandemic’s impact on children and families.

“For these groups in particular, the measures announced today will not alleviate the stress caused by the cost of living increase combined with the withdrawal of the Universal Credit uplift. By ignoring income inequalities, the Chancellor is simply widening the gap and putting more pressure on families that are already struggling to stay afloat.”


Notes to editors

1. Press contact: / 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.