The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a fund to tackle race discrimination and help victims seek justice including through legal proceedings where appropriate.
Open for a minimum of two years, the Race Legal Support Fund will see up to £250,000 allocated this year to tackling race discrimination, harassment, and victimisation. More funds will be available in future years.
From December 2021, legal practitioners will be able to apply for funding to seek advice and help to resolve complaints of race discrimination.
The new fund follows the EHRC’s previous schemes providing support to disabled people who have experienced discrimination and those who have been discriminated against by education providers and transport operators.
Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Chairwoman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “From sports clubs and workplaces, many ethnic minority people sadly still face prejudice and race discrimination in their everyday lives. And organisations of all kinds are failing to protect victims from it.
“That’s why, as Britain’s equality regulator, we are taking on this challenge. Through one of our biggest funds, we will help victims find justice by taking action against organisations who may have broken equality law. This will help us to advance race equality across Britain.”