Race and ethnicity

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discrimination against a person on the basis of their race. The protected characteristic of race refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins. 

The Council is committed to promoting race equality and valuing the contribution made by citizens of all races. For more information on race in Hackney, see the Hackney profile [pdf, 1.93Mb] .

Examples of race discrimination

The following information provides an illustration of how some groups can find themselves disadvantaged as a result of their race:

  • adults from a mixed background are at a higher risk of being a victim of personal crime than other ethnic groups - all black and minority ethnic groups are at a higher risk than the white group, according to a report from the Department for Justice in 2013
  • applicants with white-sounding names are almost twice as likely to be successful in job applications than those with black-sounding names, according to research published by the Department for Work and Pensions in 2009
  • some ethnic groups tend to experience higher levels of worklessness than others - according to the 2011 Census, in Hackney 61% of all working-age adults were in work, including 69% of white people, 58% of people of mixed heritage, 50% of people from black backgrounds, 50% people from Asian backgrounds and 39% of people from Gypsy and Traveller communities
  • black and ethnic minority communities are under represented in Parliament - 8% of MPs are non-white and 14% of the population of England and Wales are non-white

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