Calls for evidence into racial inequality across Sheffield

Sheffield’s newly established Race Equality Commission is calling for submissions of evidence to support and inform its inquiry into race inequality in the city.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 1:10 pm

The Commission is also looking for applicants to join its group of commissioners, to contribute expertise throughout the inquiry.

Designed to provide a non-partisan strategic assessment of the nature, extent, causes and impact of racism and race inequality in the city, the Commission will also make recommendations for tackling these.

The Commission will operate like a Parliamentary Select Committee, mounting a short focussed inquiry, taking evidence and producing a final report in September 2021.

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Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is a city where everyone is welcome and where everyone should be able to thrive. But as much as we promote fairness and equality for all, we are fully aware that racial inequality still affects people’s lives in many ways. Through this Commission we hope to identify key evidence of racial inequality in Sheffield and ways to tackle this. We need to hear the evidence of those affected by racism, and of those groups, organisations and partners that experience and manage racial issues. We cannot improve our understanding if we don’t know where it is happening, how people are affected and how others have brought about fairness. This is a huge opportunity for us to learn and change.”

Professor Kevin Hylton, Chair of Sheffield's Race Equality Commission, said: "The task is to engage the people of Sheffield in a purposeful dialogue on race, racism, and racial inequality. This requires representative and diverse voices. The evidence received, and work of the soon to be appointed commissioners, will directly affect its success. I look forward to working alongside an ambitious group of commissioners and the citizens of Sheffield to more fully understand how we can better achieve racial equality and social justice."

Coun Abtisam Mohamed, said: “We will look at every submission and no matter how small, what you tell us could make a significant difference.”

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