The National Association of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Councillors held its Annual General Meeting on 5 July 2017 at the Council House, Birmingham. A huge thanks to our host Cllr Mohammed Afzal of Birmingham City Council.
Although the main purpose of the meeting was to elect new Officers and a new Executive Committee to govern the association. This was proceeded by an excellent presentation by two guest speakers.
Our first presentation focused on Housing, Human Rights and Equality by guest speaker Dr Ruth Martin of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The presentation on the role and actions of the EHRC in ‘holding the UK Government to account’ in relation to international obligations in respect of living standards and housing, in particular promoting socio-economic and cultural rights and countering racial discrimination.
The role and actions of the EHRC in ‘holding the UK Government to account’ in relation to international obligations in respect of living standards and housing, in particular promoting socio-economic and cultural rights and countering racial discrimination
Minutes of NABAEMC Annual General Meeting 2017
Key findings on racial inequality in living standards and housing arising from the biggest ever review conducted by the EHRC (‘Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy’, August 2016), including:
- Substandard housing rates range from 20.5% (white household) to 27.9% (black household)
- Overcrowding rates range from 21.7% (Pakistani/Bangladeshi household) to 3.4% (white household)
- Poverty is up to twice as likely among ethnic minorities as it is for white people (35.7% versus 17.2%)
The five recommendations that the EHRC made to the UK Government:
- A comprehensive, coordinated, long-term strategy to achieve race equality
- Effective co-ordination between the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments
- Responsibility and accountability
- Disaggregated ethnicity data – including intersectional data
- Effective and transparent monitoring arrangements
Our second guest speaker was Aubyn Graham, a former Chair of the NABAEMC who had served as a Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark for 28 years. All had a great opportunity to hear of the Associations achievement, and that the focus now must be on the Association’s future. As a organisation we must:
- we must provide Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority councillors a voice at national level
- be flexible and build resilience to sustain the future of the Association
- Raise the Associations public profile
- leverage it’s position and status
- we all have our part to play in making the Association a success
The NABAEMC would like to thank all councillors who were able to attend.