Headlines: March 7th, 2002

The New Race Relations [Amendment] Act requires public authorities to take positive steps to promote race equality in addition to the requirement to avoid discrimination.The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) is linking with the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) to give managers of public bodies clear information what they need to know about their new responsibilites.

A conference being held today will outline what in practice they are expected to do and what support and guidance they can get from the CRE.

The conference will also cover the role that the audit and inspection bodies will play in identifying and sharing good practice, challenging poor practice and in overall monitoring delivery together with the CRE’s role in enforcement.

The event is to be held at the officers of leading lawyers Richards Butler in Botolph Street, London. Speakers include Home Office Minister Angela Eagle and Gurbux Singh, Chairman of the CRE.