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New inquiry calls for evidence on racism in Sheffield

A new commission set up to examine race inequality in Sheffield is calling for evidence from members of the public.

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Sheffield Town Hall.

Photo by Tim Green (Wikimedia Commons).

Chaired by Professor Kevin Hylton of Leeds Beckett University, the Independent Race Equality Commission has been established in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests.

It is now inviting individuals and organisations to submit evidence on the causes of racism in Sheffield, as well as examples of good practice in reducing race inequality.

"The Race Equality Commission's task is to engage the people of Sheffield in a purposeful dialogue on race, racism, and racial inequality," said Professor Hylton.

"This requires representative and diverse voices. The evidence received, and work of the soon to be appointed commissioners, will directly affect its success."

The project is also looking for members of the public to join its group of commissioners, with a deadline of 1 September for applications.

In June, a report by Public Health England found that the coronavirus mortality rate was significantly higher for those in BAME groups compared with white ethnic groups.

The commission, which has been established by but is independent of Sheffield City Council, will provide a non-partisan strategic assessment of the nature, extent, causes and impacts of race inequality in the city.

After it has examined submitted evidence it will make recommendations on business and employment, civic life and communities, crime and justice, education and health.

The commissioners will release a final report in September 2021.

"This is one of the most important steps for this Commission," said Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, who is leading on the project for the Council. "We have to identify and investigate before we can learn best practice and make recommendations."

"Please come forward with evidence, even if you are unsure. We will look at every submission and no matter how small, what you tell us could make a significant difference."

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