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Redbridge inequality: Black and mixed race children perform worse, Runnymede Trust reveals

PUBLISHED: 16:10 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:43 19 October 2018

White Irish children and Chinese children do the best at GCSE. Picture: PA

White Irish children and Chinese children do the best at GCSE. Picture: PA

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Black and mixed race children from Redbridge perform lower than the national average at Key Stage 2, whereas Asian pupils performed better, an equality think tank has revealed.

Residents from an African or Carribean background are also more likely to be jobless, live in overcrowded accommodation and get stopped by the police, a Runnymede Trust report showed,

The borough is one of the most ethnically diverse local authorities in the UK and Runnymede director, Dr Omar Kham said no one should be disadvantaged or discriminated against because of their race or ethnicity.

“We mapped ethnic inequalities in Redbridge to identify patterns so that local services effectively address racial disparities and to start a conversation through which local people can hold public services to account,” he said.

“We found a mixed picture, with sharp differences in the likelihood of some BME groups to be homeless or living in overcrowded conditions.

“This must be tackled as a priority. The council has been making progress in some areas, and we are encouraged that this is on their radar and that civil society in the borough is coming together to tackle all forms of inequality.

“However there is a long way to go to make Redbridge a truly equal borough.”

The report also highlighted that white Irish (1.4per cent of the borough’s population) and Chinese residents (1.1pc) are the highest achievers at GCSE, performing significantly above the national average.

The data also showed that Redbridge has had an increase in faith-targeted hate crime, predominantly as a result of an increase in Islamophobic attacks.

Despite the rise, the amount of incidents are lower than in nearby boroughs Barking and Dagenham and Havering.

And when it comes to GCES results, white Irish children and Chinese children.

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said the local authority is proud of the borough’s “incredible diversity”.

“We’ve taken action to promote equality through our fairness commission and this remains at the heart of everything we do, “ she said.

“Our new corporate plan sets out concrete proposals to create 1,000 new affordable homes and promote high-quality employment alongside our public sector partners.

“We will be looking at the report carefully and seeing where we can make improvements, we recognise there is much further to go, but we’re pleased that this report recognises the real progress the council is making.”


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