The Labour movement is built on the values of social justice, internationalism and human rights. Our values are rooted in the fundamental truth that whatever your background, wherever you are from, you should have the means and opportunity to fulfil your potential.
This is why our National Policy Forum placed social justice at the heart of each policy commission and policy consultation, to ensure that all people benefit from our economy and society. The Work, Pensions and Equality Commission specifically examined policy to actively reduce inequality and promote fairness across the country. As part of their work, the National Policy Forum considered findings from the Race Equality Consultation which was organised by the Shadow Women and Equalities team and which drew responses from a wide range of campaigning groups, trade unions, academics, and other key stakeholders.
Jeremy Corbyn has launched Labour’s race and faith manifesto that builds on what we have heard. It places equality at the heart of our plan for government, and will start to right the wrongs against those who continue to be treated unfairly due to their race, ethnicity, and faith.
These key pledges in the manifesto result from conversations had through our policy development process. Labour in government will implement a comprehensive strategy for equality. We will:
- Introduce equal pay audit requirements on large employers.
- Launch an inquiry into names-based discrimination and consider rolling out name-blind recruitment practices if necessary.
- Implement the Parker Review recommendations to increase ethnic diversity on the boards of Britain’s largest companies.
- Enhance the powers and functions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- Take robust action against violence and hate crime, developing a cross-department strategy to deliver strong and cohesive communities.
- Review the Prevent programme with a view of assessing its effectiveness and potential to alienate minority communities.
- Launch a consultation into racial diversity of representation across the party and develop a new leadership and training programme for future Black and Asian local government and parliamentary candidates.
- Work to eliminate institutional biases in the use of stop and search powers and deliver policing by consent.
- Raise Carer’s Allowance to recognise the contribution of unpaid carers many of whom are from Black and Asian communities.
Read Labour’s Race & Faith manifesto here