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.

Not all heroes wear capes



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Black lives matter: How some leaders are driving change


In truth I’ve never spoken to so many people as I have done in the last six months. Covid lockdown has forced to use technology in a way that we barely could imagine. But there it is, on a regular basis I and, I’m sure, many others have been asked to speak to audiences that in one session could be in the hundreds, sometimes thousands, better still they can live comment if what you’re saying is relevant or rubbish. And they do!

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities call on public to submit evidence for review


There is still time to submit evidence for the commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities review into ethnic disparities and inequality in the UK. The call for the public to provide evidence as part of their efforts was launched on 26 October and is now approaching its end.

The review will focus on the areas of education, employment and enterprise, health and crime and policing.

Mya-Rose Craig demanding race equality from environmentalists


It is of no surprise to me that the young environmental and anti-racist campaigner, Mya-Rose Craig of English and Bangladeshi heritage has been named as one of the BBC Radio 4’s most outstanding women of the year.

Biden - Harris and us can change our world


This time last week I literally felt sick to stomach. I’d already been awake 6 hours having set my alarm for 3am with the hope that the new dawn would bring, well, a new dawn, a brave new world, with a Biden victory. But as news broke from the early US election results nothing could be further from that truth.

If Trump wins, I’ll cry and not with joy!


Normally on election night a nation hold’s its breath; the blood sport of politics plays out its final act. Winner takes all.

But the American elections tomorrow with the Republican Donald Trump in one corner and Democrat Joe Biden in the other, is all together different.

A global audience will collectively hold its breath tomorrow waiting to see who the American voting public will choose. I’ll be one of those in the global audience deeply worried about what another 4 years of Donald Trump will bring?

Congratulations Paulette Simpson CBE – Supasista


Operation Black Vote warmly congratulates Paulette Simpson on being awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for service to the Caribbean community in the United Kingdom (UK).

For many years Paulette has been a business and community role model for many Black both here in the UK and in the Caribbean. To OBV and to me personally she’s been a great friend.

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