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Race Relations

Volume 705: debated on Wednesday 19 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the light of levels of homelessness and unemployment and the consequences for race relations, what role they expect local race equality councils to play. [HL6269]

Race equality councils do not have a statutory role and the Government do not task them in any way. However, where local race organisations such as race equality councils and race equality partnerships work with local authorities and other local bodies, they can provide important expertise, local knowledge and intelligence to assist them in fulfilling their duties under the Race Relations Act to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different racial groups.