Newsletter: July 2011

A monthly look at developments and news from Equality

In July:
Equality continued field research into the impact of UK mainstream education on Roma who had previously been placed in de facto segregated or special schools in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Interviews were held with pupils, teachers and parents in Rotherham (St Ann's Primary School and Winterhill Secondary). Research continues in August in Wolverhampton, Southend-on-Sea, Peterborough, London and possibly other cities. Further information on Equality's website.

The Allen Lane Foundation awarded Equality a grant towards a project to assist Roma in Birmingham, Coventry, Newcastle, Sunderland and Manchester to understand the implications of being self-employed. Equality will offer training and advice on what processes and procedures have to be followed to comply with laws and regulations. We will also give the participants information and know-how so that they can conduct their business profitably. More information on Equality's website.

Equality is to work with The Big Issue on a pilot empowerment project focusing on the employment of young Roma men and women in and around Leicester who are currently unemployed or seeking work, to improve their chances of finding work, or accessing further education or training. Details on Equality's website.

On UK government plans to draft a national Roma integration strategy as part of the EU Framework, Equality received replies in July to letters sent to the Ministers of Education, Health and Employment. The Department of Education gave a comprehensive response on work it was already undertaking on the education strand of the strategy. The Department of Health said it had no policy or plans for Roma. The Department for Work and Pensions sent a stock letter on the Welfare Reform Bill.

On 22 July, Equality was invited by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to give advice to a local primary school on how to deal with racial discrimination by parents of school pupils.

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