As the UK population ages, the numbers of ethnic minority older people is set to rise rapidly. For this reason, in the context of the European Year 2012, Runnymede brought together 50 people to discuss and debate the challenges of a comfortable retirement.
The result of this meeting was the short film "Facing Financial Futures: Birmingham 2012", made by Feedback Films, which highlights these challenges. It especially focuses on:
Between 2010 and 2012, Runnymede conducted a work programme with older black people and ethnic minorities. This resulted in 5 research reports and 2 deliberative assemblies, both of which were filmed. They also conducted research through interviews with hundreds of older black people and ethnic minorities to better understand their needs and experiences. The reports included recommendations on pensions, savings, social care, social participation and caring for grandchildren.
Runnymede also actively engaged the older people in two ‘deliberative assemblies’ to test their findings and ensure that the voices of older ethnic minorities were accurately represented.
Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank. They generate intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement. Their research since 1968 includes education, employment, access to finance and with older ethnic minorities.
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