Did you know that:
- 45.1 million of the population of England and Wales in 2011 were White British (81%). The remaining 10.9 million people (20%) belonged to other ethnic groups.*
- The population of Cornwall in 2011 was 96% White British meaning that 22,645 people living in Cornwall were not identified as White British.*
- The number of people in Cornwall who identified as Cornish in 2001 was 33,900 or 6.8% of the population.* Although the Cornwall Quality of Life survey in 2007 produced a figure of 25.9%#
- In 2011 the largest three non-White ethnic groups in Cornwall were Mixed – White and Asian, White and Black Caribbean and Other Asian.*
- In 2011-12 94% of Cornwall College students on long courses were white British with 2.5% White Other and 1.8% Black and Ethnic Minority. Members of staff were 91.4% White British, 4.4% White Other, 2.9% Cornish and 1.3% BME.
Race is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
In order to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, promote equality of opportunity between persons of different racial groups and promote good relations between persons of different racial groups, the College is required to:
- Decide which of its services and policies are relevant to the general duty
- Assess and monitor its services and policies, including services and policies it is proposing to introduce, to make sure that they are not affecting some groups negatively, and that all communities are satisfied with them
- Deal with evidence that its services and policies are not in line with the general duty
- Consult the general public and particularly involve ethnic minorities at all stages
- Deal with complaints about the way it is meeting the duties, or other complaints about racial equality
- Publish the results of its assessments, consultations and monitoring
- Make sure that everyone, whatever their ethnic background, has access to information about the authority and its services
- Ensure that all its staff understand their responsibilities under the duty
- Carry out a review of the scheme
The Act and its accompanying guidance explicitly state that this duty creates an obligation to be proactive and this applies not only to the organisation but also to every individual working for the Organisation.
*Office of National Statistics