In November 2012, Doreen Lawrence OBE and Dr Richard Stone OBE wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister about the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty.
The letter says:
‘We are particularly concerned about the planned review of the Public Sector Equality Duty since it incorporates the Race Equality Duty and a key legacy of Stephen Lawrence, and of the legacy of the 1997/99 Inquiry set up in his name’.
The letter asks that the Review by overseen by an appropriate parliamentary committee or independent panel, thatit is governed by clear published terms of reference, and that it followsbest practice in terms of post-legislative review.
The letteris addressedtoDavid Cameron, the Prime Minister; Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister; Labour Party leader Ed Miliband; the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond; andthe First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.
The letter was supported by members of theRace Equality UKCoalition.
In December 2012, in an interview withThe Guardian,Doreen Lawrence claimed that the Government has neglected race equality concerns. Her concerns were widely reported.
On 19 December, Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, wrote a letter to Doreen Lawrence and Richard Stone, responding to their concerns about the Equality Duty.
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister alsoreplied to Doreen Lawrence and Richard Stone on 19 December.
Click herefor link to letter
Click hereforarticle in the Guardian on 19 December
Click hereforarticle in the Telegraph on 19 December
Click hereforarticle in the Daily Mail on 19 December
Click hereforarticle in the Evening Standard on 19 December
Click herefor letter from the Welsh First Minister
Click herefor letter from the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister