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Government to respond to report about UK race discrimination

ISSUES: Youth Select Committee during an evidence session

ON TUESDAY February 7, the Government will publish it’s official response to the British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee Report ‘Racism and Religious Discrimination’.

The joint Government response from the Department for Education, Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government responds to each of the recommendations published in November 2016.

Following the inquiry, the Committee concluded that people’s attitudes towards racism and religious discrimination have become normalised and there is ambiguity surrounding what constitutes such behaviour. It stresses that the Government needs to do more to define racism and religious discrimination as well as to raise awareness of what these definitions actually mean in practice.

The inquiry considered of:
The level and quality of awareness and education in schools
The prevalence of racism and religious discrimination and how organisations and young people are attempting to tackle it
How the issues can be tackled at a local level by communities;
How tackling racism and religious discrimination should be approached at a national level by the Government.

Evidence was gathered from a range of witnesses, including charities, young people, academics, and professionals.

‘Tackling racism and religious discrimination’ was chosen as one of the top priorities in a ballot of 969,992 young people conducted in 2015, and subsequently became the topic of focus for this year’s Youth Select Committee. The issue was highlighted as a priority once again in a 2016 poll of 978,216 young people, making it clear that the issue is of growing importance to young people living in the UK."

Read the Youth Select Committee report here

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