By Cllr Brenda Warrington, Greater Manchester leader for equalities
Asian communities play a hugely important part in our social, business, cultural and political lives in Greater Manchester.
But do people from Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds experience prejudice and a lack of opportunity, compared to White British people?
The answer has to be yes.
Covid-19 has caused more suffering among people of minority ethnic background and exposed the inequalities in our society – not just in health but also in housing, education and job opportunities.
It’s not acceptable.
Greater Manchester’s leaders have heard the anger that is rightly felt as a result and we are determined to take practical action.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and I are setting up a new Race Equality Panel – and you have just a few more days to apply to join that panel.
The panel will advise public sector bodies like councils, the police, fire and rescue service, education providers and health – and hold them to account.
You don’t have to be an elected politician, or to run a big organisation.
But if you can speak on behalf of your community, if you can come up with ideas to make things better, if you are willing to get stuck in with ideas and solutions – then please think about applying to join the panel. The deadline is midnight on Sunday 18 October.
Visit www.gmconsult.org to find out more and apply.