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Ten years since Macpherson - research reports

Commission reports on Police and Racism, ten years on from the Macpherson Inquiry

To help spawn the debate around the about the race and equality landscape in Britain, the Commission has produced two key pieces of research and commissioned an Ipsos MORI poll.

A decade after the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence, the police service across England and Wales has made significant progress in dealing with race equality issues, according to a report issued by the Commission.

The Commission’s report, 'Police and Racism: What has been achieved 10 years after the Stephen Lawrence inquiry report?', finds that progress made in the past ten years on recruitment, training and employment of ethnic minority staff is encouraging, with many individual forces providing examples of good work in this area.

However, the report finds that the police must do more to tackle problems with stop and search and information held on the DNA database, as well as address the poor retention of new ethnic minority officers. It also reveals evidence of a ‘canteen culture’ among some specialist units which are still seen as a ‘closed shop’ to some ethnic minority recruits.

Research report: ethnicity and family

Relationships within and between ethnic groups: An analysis using the Labour Force Survey

Lucinda Platt, Institute for Social & Economic Research, University of Essex

This paper outlines the ethnic composition of families in Britain today using the Labour Force Survey household data.

The full report can be downloaded here

Commission poll shows British institutions need to ‘keep up with Obama generation’

Ten years on from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry a new Ipsos MORI survey for the Commission shows British people are increasingly at ease with racial diversity but lack faith in our institutions to represent all groups or treat them fairly.

About half (49%) of the general public are optimistic Britain will be a more tolerant society in ten years time.  This figure increases for members of ethnic minorities with 58% optimistic about the future. 

Last updated: 01 Jul 2016