BME groups more empowered, survey finds

The latest findings from the Government-commissioned Citizenship Survey relate to issues of community empowerment and the ability to influence decisions at regional and national level.

Around half of Black and Asian people said they thought they could influence local decisions, compared to 37 per cent of White people. Meanwhile 37 per cent of Black people and 34 per cent of Asian people thought they could influence national decisions, compared with 19 per cent of White people.

Ted Cantle, director of policy think tank the Institute of Community Cohesion, said that in many regions across the UK, there were more social and cultural organisations aimed at ethnic minority groups than there were for majority communities.

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