Headlines: April 19th, 2004

The Commission for Racial Equality has begun consultations on a new guide for partnerships involving public authorities and others on their duty to promote race equality. A draft has been drawn up together with a questionnaire designed to get feedback on what the final guide should contain.’Public authorities and partnerships – a draft guide for consultation’ is being circulated by the CRE, which says it is keen to get comments from a wide range of organisations and individuals. The deadline for comments is May 7th.

Public authorities, including central and local government, health trusts, the police service and further and higher education establishments, have a statutory duty to promote race equality. The duty also applies to work carried out by them in partnership with other bodies such as voluntary organisations. The CRE says the guide is intended to help authorities and all members of partnerships to make race equality a central part of their work.

The guide is being designed to be relevant to most types of partnership including new deal for communities, Surestart, local strategic and social inclusion partnerships.