Laura Sharman 27 October 2020

Baroness Lawrence calls for urgent action to tackle structural racial inequalities

Structural racism meant Black, Asian and minority ethnic people were disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, a new review has warned.

A new report from Baroness Lawrence, commissioned by the Labour party, identifies how Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers were impacted by a failure to facilitate COVID-secure workplaces.

It calls on the Government to take urgent action to protect people from a second spike of COVID-19 over the winter, including making it a legal requirement for employers to publish their COVID-19 risk assessments on a central portal.

Baroness Lawrence said: ‘If no immediate action is taken to protect those most at risk as we enter the second wave more people will unnecessarily die.

’If no long-term action is taken to tackle structural inequalities we will keep seeing this pattern of injustice occur beyond the pandemic.’

Labour have pledged to implement a Race Equality Act to tackle structural racial inequality at source.

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