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.'
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