October 1, 2020

Black History Month 2020

Today marks the start of Black History Month, where we celebrate the historical impact that black people have had on our country, and around the world.

The contributions that black communities have made have been integral in shaping the vibrant and culturally diverse society we all enjoy today – and it is vital we take this opportunity to reflect on the achievements of Black Britons over many generations.

Though Black History Month was originally founded in the US, its reach has expanded to other parts of the world that have benefitted immensely from the influence and successes of black people.

Black History Month is now recognised internationally and has been celebrated in the UK for over 30 years – but events in 2020 have shown that acknowledgement alone is not enough, there is still more work to do.

In a message today, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of remembering that black and British history are one and the same – and that knowing this is essential in understanding our past and our present.

That is why the Conservative Party is committed to tackling racial discrimination by working to bring communities together and ensuring fairness is at the heart of everything we do.

We want our party, and our Government to represent modern Britain – a diverse and tolerant country with confidence in its own identity and values, where everyone can reach their full potential.

And so, during Black History Month we are proud to shine a light on the important contributions made by our black party members, councillors, MPs and others in the name of equality and inclusion.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)