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CRER is focused on working to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and promoting racial justice across Scotland. Over the years CRER has had a key role in advocating, campaigning, and influencing developments to promote racial equality. It has been effective in responding to a broad range of interests needed to make an impact upon deep rooted issues and respond to the needs of communities.

In its work CRER takes a rights based approach, promoting all the relevant international, regional and national human rights and equality conventions and legislation. 

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UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

CRER's Alternative (Scotland) report forms part of a wider UK shadow report coordinated by Runnymede Trust and partners. Our report examines only the areas of devolved policy which apply to Scotland. It has been submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to assess the Scottish Government's compliance with the International Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Runnymede's UK wide shadow report can be found here. The UK will be examined by the Committee in August.

Changing the Race Equality Paradigm

Fifty years after the introduction of Britian's first legislation aimed at tackling racial inequality (the Race Relations Act 1965), Black and minority ethnic people still face serious disadvantages including higher rates of poverty, lower rates of employment, and a range of health inequalities in comparison to the ethnic majority population.Despite this, race has largely falled off the public agenda in Scotland and Britain.

Promoting Good Relations

The concept of 'good relations' is a vital but poorly understood aspect of equality in Britain today. Under the Equality Act 2010, all organisations providing a public function in Britain must have due regard to the need to foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. And yet, nearly half of all public bodies in Scotland did not make a clear link to the duty to foster good relations in their equaliyt outcomes in April 2013.

March 14, 2017

Glasgow Local Election Discussion - Priorities for BME Groups

11:00 - 14:00, Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

Open to Glasogw-based BME organisations and activists.

 

March 21, 2017

Race Equality Framework Anniversary Event

13:00 - 16:00, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Open to the public.

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Black History Month 2017

CRER co-ordinates Black History Month to highlight the history of African, Caribbean, and Asian people in Scotland: people who often have a direct link with Scotland through slavery, colonialism, and migration. Black History Month focuses on people whose sacrifices, contributions, and achievements against a backdrop of racism, inequality, and injustice are often forgotten about or are absent from our education system and history books.

You can see our 2017 Black History Month programme here.

Visit our Black History Month page for more information.

Education and Skills Committee

Economy, Jobs, and Fair Work Committee

Local Government and Communities Committee

Health and Sport Committee

Justice Committee 

 

Social Security Committee

  • S5W-05299 - Adam Tomkins MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what contribution it will make to the UK Government's Race Disparity Audit and to what extent information on devolved issues that are the responsibility of the Scottish Government will be included in this audit.

  • S5W-05362 - Christina McKelvie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its commitment in its Programme for Government to appoint a race equality framework adviser to help implement the actions in the Race Equality Framework.

  • S5W-06522 - Miles Briggs MSP - To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what steps it is taking to increase cervical screening coverage for (a) black and minority ethnic women and (b) women (i) from disadvantaged backgrounds and (ii) with learning disabilities.

  • S5W-06528 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve cervical screening coverage among (a) black and minority ethnic women and (b) women with learning disabilities.

  • S5W-08138 - Alex Rowley MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to (a) fill evidence gaps on (i) how and (ii) to what extent people from minority ethnic groups are accessing benefits to which they are entitled and (b) ensure that all anti-poverty policy and programme areas are fully impact-assessed for equality.

  • S5W-08139 - Alex Rowley MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the findings in the report, Removing Barriers: race, ethnicity, and employment, that unconscious bias training is not a solution and can mask underlying negative attitudes towards people from a minority ethnic background; whether it offers any other anti-racist training besides unconscious bias training to its staff; whether this training is (a) face-to-face or online and (b) conducted by Scottish Government staff or by external trainers, and whether the effectiveness of this training is evaluated.

  • S5W-08255 - Mary Fee MSP - To ask the Scottish Government which racial equality groups it has met to discuss the development of its equality outcomes strategy for 2017-21, and what issues were discussed.

  • S5W-08257 - Mary Fee MSP - To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what (a) short- and (b) long-term projects it has introduced that aim to improve diversity in the Parliament's staffing; how much has been invested, and how the outcomes are or will be evaluated.

  • S5W-08347 - Oliver Mundell MSP - To ask the Scottish Government which projects it funds to tackle hate crime and prejudice; what criteria it uses to determine which projects to support, and what analysis it carries out of their effectiveness.

  • S5W-08496 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the reasons for non-disclosure of ethnicity for staff of public bodies, and what action it has taken to address this in advance of the April 2017 public sector equality duty publication round.

  • S5W-08498 - Annie Wells MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-00477 by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 November 2016 (Official Report, c. 23), what steps it has taken to tackle the specific issue of online racist bullying.

  • S5W-08540 - Tavish Scott MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to ensure that initiatives aimed at increasing the number of teachers are targeting people from ethnic minority backgrounds and other groups that are currently under-represented in teaching.

  • S5W-08541 - Tavish Scott MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01917 by John Swinney on 31 August 2016, what work the Strategic Board for Teacher Education has undertaken regarding the under-representation of teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds.

  • S5W-08542 - Tavish Scott MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01917 by John Swinney on 31 August 2016, whether the Strategic Board for Teacher Education has made any recommendations regarding improving diversity within the teaching workforce.

  • S5W-08257 Mary Fee MSP - To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what (a) short- and (b) long-term projects it has introduced that aim to improve diversity in the Parliament's staffing; how much has been invested, and how the outcomes are or will be evaluated.

  • S5W-08977 - Maurice Golden MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes recycling to people from ethnic minorities.

  • S5W-09482 - Tavish Scott MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what guidance is given during teacher training to address racism and racial harassment in schools.

  • S5W-09483 - Tavish Scott MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what advice it provides for teachers and support staff on how best to address racist bullying and incidents in schools.

  • S5W-09656 - Adam Tomkins MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-05299 by Angela Constance on 14 December 2016, whether it will provide an update on its discussions with the UK Government regarding the Race Disparity Audit, and what decision it has reached on the approach for Scotland.

  • S5W-09672 - Alex Rowley MSP - To ask the Scottish Government whether the Scottish Employability Support Service will (a) collect and publish equality data and (b) monitor whether its services meet the needs of BME people who are long-term unemployed or at risk of becoming so.

  • S5W-09674 - Pauline McNeill MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that it collects sufficient data on the (a) accessibility and (b) quality of (i) schools and other educational institutions, (ii) medical institutions and (iii) public transport, particularly in urban areas where ethnic minorities represent a higher percentage of the population.

  • S5W-09675 - Pauline McNeill MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to (a) prevent spatial segregation in urban areas, (b) monitor areas that are at risk of segregation and (c) tackle existing segregation in cities, particularly in areas where ethnic minorities represent a higher percentage of the population.

  • S5W-09676 - Pauline McNeill MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that (a) schools and other educational institutions and (b) childcare facilities are used to their full potential, particularly in urban areas where ethnic minorities represent a higher percentage of the population.

  • S5W-09690 - Liam Kerr MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to pursue careers in HGV driving, in light of statistics that reportedly reveal that only 1% of HGV drivers are women and an estimated 3% are from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.

  • S5W-09713 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-07442 by Annabelle Ewing on 13 March 2017, whether it is possible to gather information on racist hate crime from the recorded crime database.

  • S5W-09714 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-07442 by Annabelle Ewing on 13 March 2017, for what reason (a) it and (b) the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service does not hold information on the faith group, gender, race, or country of origin of victims of racist or religious hate crime, and what its position is on collecting such information when implementing the recommendations of the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion.

  • S5W-09715 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government whether it holds information on the (a) faith group, (b) gender, (c) race and (d) country of origin of the perpetrators of (i) racist and (ii) religious hate crime and, if not, what its position is on collecting such information when implementing the recommendations of the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion.

  • S5W-09723 - Jackie Baillie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what guidance (a) has been and (b) will be delivered to (i) housing developers and (ii) local authorities to ensure that social housing developments announced as part of its £1.75 billion investment in affordable housing take account of the needs of ethnic minority families, including the provision of housing that is appropriate for (A) larger families and (B) families that often have to rent housing in the private sector but which are on lower incomes.

  • S5W-09724 - Jackie Baillie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what (a) guidance and (b) enforcement measures there are to ensure that its £1.75 billion housing investment meets the (i) equalities goals in the Race Equality Framework, in particular Goal 25 that Scotland's public sector workforce is representative of its communities, and (ii) Fairer Scotland Action Plan commitment to “look to...new employability programmes to ensure greater opportunity for all in the labour market, and...tackle discrimination".

  • S5W-10297 -  John Finnie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what positive action measures Police Scotland has taken to assist the recruitment of black and minority ethnic (BME) police (a) officers and (b) staff.

  • S5W-10397 - Jackie Baillie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-08107 by Keith Brown on 28 March 2017, whether it will request that the Office for National Statistics produces pay gap data on personal characteristics such as ethnicity and nationality.

  • S5W-10398 -  Jackie Baillie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-08107 by Keith Brown on 28 March 2017, whether there is sufficient data (a) collected and (b) available on the ethnicity pay gap.

  • S5W-10444 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the NHS workforce identifies as black and minority ethnic (BME), and how this compares to the proportion of BME people in the wider population.

  • S5W-10445 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to encourage black and minority ethnic (BME) people to work in the health and social care sector.

  • S5W-10446 - Anas Sarwar MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what action each NHS board is taking to increase the (a) recruitment, (b) retention and (c) development of black and minority ethnic (BME) people in its workforce.

  • S5W-10608 - Annie Wells MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how the three aims of its public education campaign on hate crime were chosen; whether other aims were considered; whether it intends to evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign, and, if so, which measures will be used.

 

2016

  • S5W-00446 - Daniel Johnson MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how many modern apprenticeship starts it expects over each of the next five years, broken down by a) age, b) level, c) sector, and d) gender.

  • S5W-00594 - Monica Lennon MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what research it has a) carried out and b) plans to carry out to assess the educational attainment of young i) BME, ii) disabled, and iii) LGBTI people.

  • S5W-00595 - Monica Lennon MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that its educational attainment strategy reflects the additional challenges that young a) BME, b) disabled, and c) LGBTI people can face.

  • S5W-00724 - John Finnie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government whether it will seek to hold a parliamentary debate on the Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030.

  • S5W-00725 - John Finnie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to appoint a race framework advisor, as stated in the 2016 SNP manifesto; what the advisor's a) remit and b) responsibilities will be, and whether he/she will lead an advisory committee or act independently.

  • S5W-00728 - John Finnie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to resource the implementation of the specific actions in the Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030 in the current parliamentary session.

  • S5W-00729 - John Finnie MSP - To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish information on the implementation planning mechanisms, governance, and review arrangements that it has committed to develop for the Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030.

  • S5W-01359 - Mary Fee MSP - To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the findings of the Independent Advisory Group in Hate Crime, Prejudice, and Community Cohesion.

  • S5W-01360 - Mary Fee MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what contribution it made to the most recent UK state party report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination regarding the representation of black and minority ethnic communities in a) the police service, b) employment, c) health, and d) mental health.

  • S5W-01361 - Mary Fee MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how it will meet its legal duty to involve equality groups in its equality outcomes for 2017-21.

  • S5W-01452 - Alex Rowley MSP - To ask the Scottish Government whether its upcoming programme for government will be subject to an equality impact assessment.

  • S5W-01453 - Alex Rowley MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the finding of the Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality's report, Shifting the Curve, that some services perceive themselves as "race blind" and "unlikely to deliver a high quality service", whether it will introduce anti-poverty initiatives that are focused on minority ethnic communities.

  • S5W-01454 - Alex Rowley MSP - To ask the Scottish Government whether it will be represented at ministerial level at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination's review of the UK's 21st to 23rd periodic reports in August 2016 and, if so, by whom.

  • S5W-01455 - Alex Rowley MSP - To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the finding in the Equal Opportunities Committee report in session four, Removing Barriers: race, ethnicity, and employment, (SP paper 890), that "initiatives such as 'unconscious bias' training are not the solution and can serve to mask underlying negative attitudes towards people from an ethnic minority background," whether it continues to provide such training for a) ministers, b) its officials, and c) its directorates.

  • S5W-01632 - Liam McArthur MSP - To ask the Scottish Government how many a) black and minority ethnic (BME), b) non-BME, c) male, and d) female staff it has employed in each pay grade on 6 April in each year since 2011, broken down by i) age and ii) directorate.

  • S5W-01633 - Liam McArthur MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what the a) black and minority ethnic and b) gender pay gap was among its staff expressed in i) percentage and ii) real-term prices in each year since 2011-2012, broken down by A) age and B) directorate.

  • S5W-01634 - Liam McArthur MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what the average hourly earnings were of its a) black and minority ethnic (BME), b) non-BME, c) male, and d) female employees in each year since 2011-2012, broken down by i) age and ii) directorate.

  • S5W-01917 - Tavish Scott MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds.

  • S5O-00448 - Lewis Macdonald MSP - To ask the Scottish Government what role the regional equality councils will play in taking forward its racial equality framework.

Ahead of relevant parliamentary debates, CRER sends briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament. Previous briefings include:

Debates

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