Lord Adebowale speaks in Lords debate on employment

News item posted: 04 May 2016

Yesterday (03 May 2016) Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive of Turning Point, spoke in the House of Lords debate on the issues faced by black and minority ethnic people (BME) in the workplace.

The debate followed the Prime Minister’s pledge to increase the BME employment rate by 20% as part of the Government’s BME vision.

Lord Adebowale referred to the inequalities that exist for many when entering and progressing in the workplace saying that this debate had a sense of urgency underpinning it because successive governments had failed to effectively address the barriers facing BME communities.

He said that people from BME communities ‘are disproportionately represented in virtually every misery statistic that I have worked with over a 30-year career in public services: in homelessness, among children in care and in the criminal justice system. They are not overrepresented in the senior echelons of public, private or not-for-profit service delivery. That is unacceptable.’

Victor spoke about the NHS and said: ‘My experience as a board member of NHS England led me to help set up the workforce race equality strategy … as we now know that there is a direct correlation between BME leadership of hospitals and care organisations and the quality of care on the ground. Much work needs to be done.’

He ended by welcoming the government’s BME vision, although long overdue, and called for cross party support for this agenda to ensure more is done to ‘provide a truly equitable society, a truly prosperous country and true economic prosperity for us all.’

You can read his full speech here [6.50pm]: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2016-05-03/debates/16050325000363/BlackAndMinorityEthnicPeopleWorkplaceIssues?highlight=adebowale#contribution-160503310000877