United Kingdom race relations: Major report on inequality set to be published

United Kingdom race relations: Major report on inequality set to be published

United Kingdom race relations: Major report on inequality set to be published

The "unprecedented" audit pulls together data on how people of all ethnicities are treated in areas including health, education, and criminal justice.

Mrs May is expected to declare there is "nowhere to hide" for the Government or public services who do not act on its information. "But the data we are publishing will provide the definitive evidence of how far we must still go in order to truly build a country that works for everyone".

'But our concern is the way that the Government has framed these disparities as being about discrimination or racial injustice, implying that there is unfair treatment of ethnic groups when in fact there are many different complex reasons why ethnic groups have different outcomes'.

Prior to the discussion, Mrs May had examined the audit's findings with her Cabinet.

His comments follow yesterday's announcement that Prime Minister Theresa May was launching a "world-leading" project on the impact of ethnicity on everyday life.

However, having seen the lack of diversity in the judiciary, the student told the Prime Minister he wondered if it was a profession in which he could progress.

Mrs May said she was "not sure at this stage" what legislation might be needed, but said there was already work under way to tackle the disproportionate number of black boys excluded from school.

An external review will also be brought in to improve schools' exclusion policy, with a focus on ethnic groups disproportionately likely to be suspended or expelled.


The figures on hourly earnings show that past year, the average white worker made £13.75 with black Britons earning £11.88 and workers of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin on £11.42. The biggest hourly wage gap was between Indian employees, who earned the highest average hourly pay at £15.81 per hour, while Pakistani and Bangladeshi employees earned the lowest at £11.42.

■ White pupils from state schools had the lowest university entry rate of any ethnic group in 2016. Attainment data showed that white British primary school students eligible for free school meals - a program widely used as a proxy for poverty - performed worse than any other group, with only 32 percent reaching the expected level.

■ White people were among the least likely to become a victim of crime or to fear becoming a victim. White British adults were more likely to have suicidal thoughts, however.

Less than two-thirds of people from ethnic minorities are in work, compared with three-quarters of white people.

■ Black defendants in Crown Court cases were the most likely to be remanded in custody.

In 2015-16 there were 44 arrests per 1,000 population among black people compared with 14 arrests per 1,000 population among white people.

■ Around one in 10 Army personnel are from an ethnic minority background but the figure falls to just one in 50 for the RAF.

The report has prompted campaigners to urge ministers to lead the way in tackling the inequalities, but also to acknowledge that society as a whole must change to ensure a level playing field for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Britons, as well as white people.

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