“UK Government Still Failing To Tackle Racism,” Watchdog Boss Says

The government is “dragging its feet” over racism and is failing to make it a priority, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.

David Isaac, who is due to leave his role next week, has told the BBC that ministers should come up with a “coherent strategy” to combat racism.

He has also urged businesses to set targets to recruit more people from ethnic minorities into senior roles.

The government says it is “committed to tackling racism”.

Mr Isaac’s comments come after the death of George Floyd – a black man who was detained by police in America – sent shockwaves across the world. It triggered large anti-racism protests in the UK and the US.

In response, the government announced it would form a new commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities to see what more could be done to eradicate racial and social inequality.

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Mr Isaac said: “There are lots of people of colour who need supporting and for that reason a coherent race strategy is a top priority and I call upon the government to act urgently.

“I do believe the government is dragging its feet.

“They seek to understand it (racism) but are they taking action and is this a top priority? I don’t believe so.”

Last month, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK had made “huge strides” in tackling racism but more had to be done.

Mr Isaac believes another review is not the answer.

He said: “The time for more recommendations in my view is over.

“We know what needs to be done. Let’s get on with it.

“There are lots of quick wins such as implementing the ethnicity pay gap for example, so reporting on that I believe would shine a light on some of the disparities we see in relation to income.”