Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

OBV Board of Trustee statement on outgoing Director Simon Woolley


Thanks, sadness and celebration for Lord Simon Woolley as he takes on an exciting new role.

New principal of Homerton College, Cambridge, pledges to fund Bursaries for disadvantaged students


The outgoing Operation Black Vote Director, and new principal of Homerton College, Cambridge, is to fund bursaries for disadvantaged students.

Lord Woolley has pledged to support two full bursaries for disadvantaged students at Homerton College, Cambridge, as he takes up his role as Principal of the College.

The equalities campaigner and cross-bench peer, who will become the first Black man to lead a College at Cambridge or Oxford, will fund two full bursaries at Homerton each year.

More work needed to remove barriers facing black men in politics, warns David Lammy


David Lammy has urged the Labour Party to concentrate its efforts on reducing barriers to entry for black men in the party.

The MP for Tottenham made the remarks at a Labour Conference fringe event in Brighton. Lammy, one of only three black or mixed-raced with black male Labour MPs, is quoted as saying:

"There are so many barriers to entry and when we’re talking about black men the barriers to entry are huge.

“The party has been slow to pick that up and understand that and we need to do considerably more.

#YouCanAdopt campaign aims to tackle myths surrounding adoption process


In June this year, published figures on the demographics of children in care in England, as of 2019. The statistics painted an unfortunate picture.

Rhodes has fallen: Cecil Rhodes House renamed to Park View House


The decision to change the name of Cecil Rhodes House to the Park View House was been marked in a public event on Monday. The Camden estate was renamed after a vote to find consensus on the issue earlier in the year. Among the options available to local residents were Bill Richmond Court, named after the 18th century Black Boxer, and Inayat Court, a nod to Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, a female British special operative of Indian descent who served during the second world war. 

OBV's Simon Woolley receives lifetime achievement award at National Diversity Awards


OBV’s Simon Woolley was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the 2020 National Diversity Awards last Friday.

Pathway 2021: Highlights from Oxford residential


The 2021 Pathway to Success residential has come to an end but the experience at the University of Oxford Magdalen College brought with it a number of picture worthy moments. Here are a pick of the highlights from this year’s Pathway to Success scheme.

The group take in the sun at Magdalen College.

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