Voice4Change tells policymakers how to fight deprivation

BME policy group's report, A Shared Vision for the Future, identifies 10 key steps

Black and minority ethnic policy group Voice4Change England has published a report saying how policymakers can help BME voluntary organisations to tackle deprivation and inequality.

A Shared Vision for the Future identifies 10 key actions policymakers should take.

These include continuing to have distinct race equality strategies and equality impact assessments when considering policy changes, and strengthening the Compact as a tool to deliver fairness during the spending cuts.

The report, which is based on responses to questions from more than 100 organisations in the sector about the barriers the BME voluntary sector faces, was previewed at the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative party conferences this year.

It says the barriers include the difficulty of securing access to finance and a lack of engagement and involvement between BME organisations and public sector bodies making policy decisions.

Vandna Gohil, chief executive of Voice4Change, said: "For the sector to survive, thrive and effectively engage and meet the needs of communities, policymakers must put equality at the heart of big society and work with us to challenge the barriers identified in the report.

"We are calling for more support and recognition of BME organisations."

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