One of Birmingham's leading clergymen has urged the city council to strengthen its work to improve race relations.
The Provost of Birmingham, the Very Rev Peter Berry, said he was anxious at the loss of the city's race relations unit and squeezing of cash and staff.
And he said there was a misconception among some people that Birmingham had solved the problems of racial equality and discrimination.
Rev Berry's comments follow a study by Prof Muhammad Anwar of Warwick University which revealed almost three quarters of ethnic minorities believed race relations in Britain were not improving.
The Provost, who was seconded to work with the Commission for Racial Equality in the 1970s, said: "The city has pledged to maintain race relations at the top of its agenda, but pledges without the resources to monitor them are not enough.
"There has been a huge diminution of resources in the city, including a great reduction in race relations officers. …