Theresa May vows to tackle racism after report reveals shocking extent of discrimination in UK
Theresa May will admit Britain has a long way to go to achieve racial equality after a major review laid bare significant divisions in the way black and ethnic minority people are treated.
The Prime Minister will also warn business leaders, government, police and other institutions that they have "nowhere to hide" and must ensure that race is never a barrier to people achieving their goals.
The data, published on Tuesday, will offer an unprecedented insight into how people from different backgrounds face a postcode lottery of outcomes, as the unemployment rate for ethnic minorities is nearly double that of white British adults, with a larger gap in the North of 13.6 per cent, compared to 9 per cent in the South.
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Other findings Ms May will highlight include wide gaps over home ownership as white people, Indians and Pakistanis are more likely to own their own home than Bangladeshis and black people.
Launching the report, the Prime Minister will say: âPeople who have lived with discrimination donât need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challenge.
âBut this audit means that for society as a whole â" for government, for our public services â" there is nowhere to hide.
âThese issues are now out in the open. And the message is very simple: if these disparities cannot be explained then they must be changed.
âBritain has come a long way in my lifetime in spreading equality and opportunity.
âBut the data we are publishing today will provide the definitive evidence of how far we must st ill go in order to truly build a country that works for everyone.â
Following the report, which Ms May commissioned last year, ministers will target 20 "hotspots" where ethnic minority people are more likely to be unemployed, which could include mentoring, traineeships, and offering English, maths and vocational training alongside work placements.
The Ministry of Justice will adopt recommendations from the recent Lammy Review, chaired by David Lammy MP, including performance indicators for prisons to assess how prisoners of different races are treated, while encouraging recruitment of ethnic minority staff.
An external review will also be brought in to improve exclusion policy, with a focus on ethnic groups disproportionately likely to be suspended or expelled.
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1/31 9 October 2017
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2/31 6 October 2017
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3/31 5 October 2017
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5/31 2 October 2017
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6/31 1 October 2017
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7/31 30 September 2017
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8/31 29 September 2017
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10/31 26 September 2017
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11/31 24 September 2017
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12/31 23 September 2017
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13/31 22 September 2017
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14/31 21 September 2017
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15/31 20 September 2017
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16/31 16 September 2017
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17/31 13 September 2017
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18/31 12 September 2017
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19/31 11 September 2017
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20/31 10 September 2017
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21/31 9 September 2017
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22/31 8 September 2017
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23/31 7 September 2017
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27/31 3 September 2017
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Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, is greeted by Emperor Akihito of Japan during her visit to the Royal Palace in Tokyo, Japan. Mrs May is on the third and final day of her visit to Japan where she has discussed a number of issues including trade and security
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Prime Minister Theresa May takes part in a tea ceremony in Kyoto, during her visit to Ja pan.
Simon Woolley, director of Operation Black Vote, said: âThe findings from the Race Disparity Audit presents us with a real opportunity to make transformative change in tackling persistent race inequality.
"Yes, some findings make uncomfortable reading, but unless these things are laid bare we canât begin to resolve them.
"Over many years the Prime Minister has shown a real desire to grapple with the scourge of racism including confronting high levels of BAME Stop and Search, BAME deaths in police custody and now this."
Omar Khan, director of The Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank, said: "No one can be in any doubt that racial inequalities is a major issue that requires real effort to fix, not just from government but also action by employers, schools, and individuals.
"We have had decades of reports into the problem â" m any from the Runnymede Trust. The time for talking is now over, we must now move to debating solutions."
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