Recognise The Minority English Community of Leicester
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Leicester City Council has a statutory duty to collect information concerning ethnic groups and there is nothing to exempt them from collecting information about the English who many assert to be a distinct white ethnic group, just as many other people assert their distinct white ethnic group identities and are recognised as such by Leicester City Council and no one has a problem with this.
All statutory bodies have a duty to collect this information and a duty to promote equality and combat discrimination. If they do not collect information concerning ethnic groups they cannot detect inequality and discrimination. This means that they cannot introduce policies to combat inequality and discrimination.
The ONS (Office for National Statistics) state that councils can use their own ethnic monitoring forms to specifically include the English, as the ONS sets out the standard but sometimes councils need to take into account the circumstances for that particular area and incorporate a needed classification within one of the broader headings.
With the English as an ethnic group being a minority in Leicester at approximately 45.1%, it is crucial that their wishes, needs and concerns are calculated by local government so that they are not lost or forgotten as a minority.
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