Over the winter of 2020-2021, we undertook a community inquiry to listen to stories of resilience, challenge and imagination arising from the pandemic.
As part of our community inquiry, this short briefing is an attempt to understand in greater detail how those of ethnic minority backgrounds have been impacted.
- Minority communities have been badly hit by the pandemic, and have found it harder to access financial support.
- Half of Black and Asian respondents report having faced discrimination when accessing services in their area. There are low levels of trust in some institutions, such as the police and government.
- This institutional distrust may be contributing to vaccine hesitancy – those who are hesitant about taking a vaccine are more likely to have suffered discrimination while accessing local services.
- When asked about what would foster good decision-making in local areas, better information, clarity and accountability are key.
The RSA, together with leaders from across government, civil society and the creative industries, finalise bold new ideas for the North of England’s creative industries, to be revealed in full at the Convention of the North on 29 February.
Rebecca Ford Alessandra Tombazzi Penny Hay
Our Playful green planet team summarises a ‘lunch and learn’ at RSA House that focused on how the influence of nature can benefit a child’s development.