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LAST CHANCE TO COMPLETE RACE EQUALITY REVIEWS

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Councils have only one month to complete reviews of their racial equality policies....
Councils have only one month to complete reviews of their racial equality policies.

Under the terms of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, local government was given a duty to implement a policy promoting racial equality by 31 May 2002 and review its success every three years.

With the third anniversary of the implementation approaching, councils, like other public bodies, must prove their policies eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, promote equal opportunities and promote good relations between people from different racial groups.

A spokesman for the Commission for Racial Equality, which will be ensuring councils comply, said: 'We will be monitoring from that date. Unless reviews are finished, we will take action.'

Since the act came into force, 187 warning letters have been sent out to public authorities which have not set up race equality schemes. Three formal compliance letters, the last stage before court action, have also been sent out. However, no public body has yet been taken to court for breaching the act.

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Southwark LBC Lord Ouseley brought in to carry out review of its equality and diversity framework.

Swansea Council Lord mayor elect dropped after he allegedly made racist comments in an election leaflet.

Manchester City Council 'Misguided' education department attacked by Commission for Racial Equality chair Trevor Phillips for not discouraging Bangladeshi parents from taking children to their country of birth during term time.

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