Racial Justice Network Weekly Bulletin 05/12/2011

Racial Justice Network

Weekly Bulletin 05/12/2011

JUST is proud to announce its first Newsletter.  We hope you like it and find it informative.  Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.

What’s in the news?
National News:

Article: English rioters warn of more to come – Four out of five participants in summer unrest think there will be a repeat, with most believing poverty to be a factor


Article:  Lawrence evidence ‘persuasive’ 

Article:  Refugee who fled Pakistan violence is beaten up by young thug

Article:  Alarming rise of ‘honour attacks’ in the UK as police reveal thousands were carried out last year

Article:  UK inequality has soared since 1975

Article:  Mosque fire: Two on trial


Newsnight:  The programme hears first-hand testimony from rioters who took part in the summer unrest about why they took to the streets and turned to violence.
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News from your Area:
Article:  Bradford Council saves £1m in campaign to cut sickness levels

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Article:  Asians too want an end to grooming
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Article:  Warning over lack of nurses on Leeds kids’ unit EXCLUSIVE

Article:  Harry Ramsden Landmark Fish & Chips set to close

Article:  Campaign ends but Pride in Elland just keeps growing 

Article:  Man aged 50 arrested over trouble at EDL protest 

Article:  Disadvantaged children let down by ‘coasting’ schools says, RSA.

“Certain local authorities also had higher numbers of ‘satisfactory’ schools, the RSA found.  North Lincolnshire, Blackpool, Peterborough, Merton, Bradford, and Kingston upon Hull all have 60% or more”.
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Feature Article

Youth Unemployment Rises Above One Million and how racism continues to be the barrier to progress for black and minority ethnic communities
Youth unemployment has doubled in the past six months in Bradford and the signs for West Yorkshire demonstrate that the region is suffering from the fall-out of the recession and the austerity budget imposed by the Coalition government.   There were 15,100 fewer residents in employment over 12 months to Dec 2010 in Bradford – the largest absolute fall of any local authority district in the UK.  In the 12 months to July 2011 unemployment in Bradford had increased at twice the national rate.

Trends in our region mirror what is happening nationally.  More than one million 16-24 year olds in the UK are now out of work, as the country’s unemployment rose by 129,000 in the three months to September to 2.62m the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.  Youth unemployment rose above a million hitting a record 1.02 million in the quarter and female unemployment was at its highest for 23 years.  But for now, the unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds stands at more than double the rate for the wider population, at 21.9%. One in five young people are now out of work. 

The UK now has the highest level of unemployment since 1996, the ONS said, with 8.3% of the economically active population now out of work and the total number of unemployed people the highest since 1994. The record youth unemployment and the highest overall unemployment level since 1994 speak for themselves

The growing number of young people in long-term unemployment – more than 200,000 have been out of work for more than 12 months – has raised growing fears and concerns. The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance rose by 5,300 to 1.6 million in October 2011. The number of young people out of work during the three months to September rose by 67,000.  The total is the highest since comparable records began 19 years ago.  The figure includes 286,000 people in full time education looking for part-time work.
Martina Milburn from the Prince’s Trust charity which works with young people issued the following statement as reported by BBC news on 16 November 2011 “Today’s figures are a wake-up call for Britain. It is critical to help young people into work for the future of our economy and society,”

The effects can be seen across West Yorkshire. As libraries, swimming pools and a host of other public services are being lost, the opportunities for employment are diminishing. While welfare benefits provide a safety-net, the emphasis on getting jobs in a depressed economy as a precondition of entitlement is likely to make things even harder for young people. The recent report on the riots commissioned by the Guardian and the London School of Economics highlight the social and economic cost society pays for failing the young. Studies have also repeatedly linked unemployment to rising crime and suicide rates and the deterioration of health.

In 2010 the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that the recession had caused almost half young black people to be unemployed. The annual TUC Black Workers’ Conference held on 8 April 2011 revealed that black and minority ethnic workers have a bleak future in Britain with job losses in the public sector and the soaring unemployment rate for 18-24 year-olds from an ethnic background.
Unemployment figures for Black and Asian workers rose from 10.2 percent in October-December 2007, to 13 percent in the same period last year, a figure nearly twice as high than White communities. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber acknowledged the disproportionate impact on BME people:
“Black workers are bearing the brunt of Britain’s job’s crisis. It’s a truly desperate situation, with the unemployment rate for workers from ethnic minority backgrounds almost twice the level for white workers…It gets even worse for black youngsters – almost one in three are without work. That’s not just a terrible waste of talent, but evidence of persistent discrimination within the labour market.” (TUC: 8 April 2011)

In his speech he also highlighted that cuts to welfare, housing benefit changes, soaring tuition fees and the VAT rise, would hit black and minority ethnic families the hardest.

These concerns have also been echoed in the  2010 report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) titled, “How Fair is Britain?” It revealed “that Black and Asian groups earn less than White British people with the same qualification level and in particular Black male graduates earn 24% less than White British male graduates.” (p.415) It also pointed out that Black and minority ethnic groups, particularly, Bangladeshi and Afro Caribbean groups tend to live in a low income households in comparison to the White population.

Racism continues to be the enemy of progress for many people from ethnic backgrounds in Britain and still continues to play a massive role in shaping the life of every single person from an ethnic background and it is up to each and every one of us to organise.  

National Statistics

  • One in seven adults aged 25 to retirement from ethnic minorities are not working but want to, lower than a decade ago but still much higher than that for White people.
  • Over the period 2008 to 2010 (i.e. the current recession), the proportion of adults aged 25 to retirement from ethnic minorities who are not working but want to one percentage point.  This is a noticeably lower rise than that for White people (one percentage point compared with two)
  • According to the 2001 Census, around 15% of non-retired White British men aged 25 and over do not work, with similar proportions for White other and for Indians.  By contrast, the equivalent proportions for Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Black Africans and Black Caribbeans are 30-40%.
  • Around 30% of non-retired White British women aged 25 and over do not work, with only slightly higher proportions for Black Caribbeans, White other and Indians.  For Black Africans, the proportion rises to almost 50%.  But what really stands out is that the vast majority – 80% – of Bangladeshi and Pakistani women do not work.
  • Closer examination of the reasons for not working suggests that much of the differences in work rates for Black Africans is explained by the high proportion who are students.
  • According to the Labour Force Survey, the proportion of adults aged 25 to retirement who are both not working and say that they do not want paid work is, at 35%, much higher for Bangladeshis and Pakistanis than for other ethnic groups (10-15%).  By contrast, the proportion of adults aged 25 to retirement who are both not working and say that they do want paid work is, at 15%, not vastly dissimilar for Bangladeshis and Pakistanis as for other ethnic groups.
  • The proportion of Black African, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean working-age households who are workless is, at around 25%, much higher than the equivalent proportion for White British households (15%).  Only 10% of Indian working-age households are workless.


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