DIVERSITY AMONG POLICE & TEACHERS SAYS POLL
(25 March 2006)
ICM survey of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Londoners has revealed
strong support for policies to tackle race inequality in the capital
and increase diversity within the public services, including the
police and teaching professions. Eight out of ten people said they
agree that London's police force should reflect the communities
that it serves, according to the new research, which was undertaken
on behalf the Greater London Authority to coincide with the State
of Race Equality in London conference on Saturday 25 March 2006.
though 58 per cent think that London primary schools are doing a
good job at educating minority ethnic children falling to
48 per cent in agreement for secondary schools 68 per cent
think school staff should reflect the diversity of the pupils they
those who have experienced discrimination in the workplace, 83 per
cent think that discrimination is far more likely to be linked to
skin colour than as a result of gender, name or accent.
spite of this, three quarters of people say that there are good
relations between different racial and religious groups, whilst
nine out of ten say they like London's cultural diversity, reinforcing
previous studies. Three quarters of respondents also believe that
equal rights and opportunities for ethnic minorities are better
than they were 10 years ago.
the findings also show clear support for a specific national organisation
promoting equal rights for ethnic minorities. 89 per cent think
that it is important there is a specific national organisation promoting
equal rights for ethnic minorities.
Mayor Ken Livingstone said today: "40 percent of London's total
population is from a minority ethnic group, with 29 per cent from
Black or Asian communities. London has always been a city that welcomes
people from different cultures encouraging them to live and prosper
in the city. But only 18 per cent of public sector managers and
senior officials are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic Londoners,
who are still concentrated in low-grade jobs and menial roles. This
is unacceptable. Combating racism and racial inequalities is an
issue for all sections of society."
at the conferenced included: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London; Margaret
Hodge MP, Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform; Warqar
Azmi, Chief Diversity Adviser, Civil Service; Rose Fitzpatrick,
Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner; Lee Jasper, Director of Equalities
and Policing for Mayor of London; Ken Knight, Commissioner, London
Fire and Emergency Planning Authority; Dru Sharpling, Chief Crown
Prosecutor London; Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London.