According to the UK Government's 2001 census, Bath, together with North East Somerset, which includes areas around Bath as far as the Chew Valley, has a population of 169,040, with an average age of 39.9 (the national average being 38.6). According to the same statistics, the district is overwhelmingly populated by people of a white ethnic background at 97.2% – significantly higher than the national average of 90.9%. Other non-white ethnic groups in the district, in order of population size, are multiracial at 1%, Asian at 0.5% and black at 0.5% (the national averages are 1.3%, 4.6% and 2.1%, respectively). For a comprehensive breakdown of our own statistics for Bath and North East Somerset during the financial year 2014–2015, click here.
Bath and North East Somerset is an area that has seen a steady rise in the number of BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) people living in the region.
When looking at recent censuses, it is evident that between 2001 and 2011, the percentage of BME people living in Bath and North East Somerset almost doubled from 2.8% to 5.4% of the population, with the largest growth being in mixed race residents (0.98% in 2001 to 1.6% in 2011), followed by those of Chinese descent (0.51% in 2001 to 1.1% in 2011). SARI's own statistics show that between 2010 and 2015, dual heritage clients accounted for our highest proportion of cases (over a third at 34.5%) followed by black clients (24.5%). Between April 1st 2010 and March 31st 2015, we have opened 161 cases in the Bath and North East Somerset area, accounting for roughly 7% of our overall caseload during the same period.
SARI is funded by the local authority to deliver hate crime response as well as some local housing providers. We are contracted to work with the local social services to improve their services for diverse communities.
If you, or somebody you know, has been a victim of a crime that you believe was motivated because of your ethnicity, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religious belief, please get in touch.