At tonight's meeting of the Social Scrutiny Panel the agenda was as usual a busy one and Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPI) were amongst the reports.
The Integrated Performance Report for the period April 2008 to March 2009 was brought before us for scrutiny.
BV174 Racial incidents recorded per 100,000 population was recorded at 4.14 incidents per 100,000 for the period 2007/2008 whereas 1.58 incidents per 100,000 was recorded for the period April 2008/March 2009 which nicely encompasses the period of time that Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has enjoyed the presence of British National Party councillors.
By my reckoning the number of racial incidents has fallen by far more than half since BNP councillors were elected to the chamber.
Furthermore the Annual Target for 2008/2009 was 8.3 incidents per 100,000. Therefore the number of racial incidents within the borough is down to less than one fifth of the target.
It is a common claim on anti-BNP literature that racist incidents increase when British National Party councillors are elected. Hopefully some recorded facts will help to blow away the myths.
I am personally delighted by these figures. One incident is one too many but a reduction of this magnitude shows the continued potential of partnership working between Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and its partner agencies.