Hounslow Council asked us to provide a quantitative community profile of Hounslow with specific breakdowns for BAME and equality groups. They wanted to assess the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown and to identify spatial and community inequalities across Hounslow.
The Hounslow Equality Impact report looked to cover a number of key themes. This had a strong social and economic focus in relation to different ethnic groups and wards across the borough, including:
We carried out a data-gathering exercise to assess what relevant data was available. As part of this, we focused on indicators that had been published with ethnicity and ward breakdowns.
There were limitations in the amount and quality of available data broken down by ethnic group outside of Census 2011 data.
In consultation with Hounslow, we agreed to focus on indicators that were available at ward level. We decided to keep the ethnic breakdown of each ward, according to Census 2011, in context. Then we looked at how that relates to other individual wards and Hounslow as a whole.
Next, we analysed the available data to identify key challenges and to highlight wards facing multiple challenges under the themes specified by Hounslow.
For example, we looked at areas that experience higher levels of deprivation, higher levels of debt and the local impacts of furloughing. In addition to this, we were interested in whether the local social infrastructure is well-placed to support recovery and how all of these factors interrelate.
The final Hounslow Equality Impact report featured key executive summary sections under each theme and a more detailed data appendix. We provided an in-depth look at 10 wards with multiple challenges and opportunities for recovery. For instance, a strong third sector, civic assets, financial support, presence of mutual aid groups, and digital skills.
Some key findings include:
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