Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

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 government has launched a new website www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk containing thousands of statistics covering more than 130 topics in areas including health, education, employment and the criminal justice system.

"This audit means that for society as a whole - for government, for our public services - there is nowhere to hide".

"We have had decades of reports into the problem - many from the Runnymede Trust".

"What it does is it allows us to analyse it and either then explain it and come up with some sort of perfectly reasonable, rational explanation, or to change it because it's the kind of injustice we don't want in our society", he said.

"That might be through choice in some cases, it might be a cultural issue", said the minister.

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

One caller, who gave her name as Louise from Hitchen, said she believed racism was "pathologically entrenched in this country", while Margaret from Harrow, north London, told the PM she had to switch her father's African surname for her mother's English one in order to get job interviews.

Pupils' ethnicity can determine how likely they are to be excluded from school and what their test scores are likely to be, a new government report says.

■ Asian, black and other ethnic groups were disproportionately likely to be on a low income, with nearly half of households in bottom the 40 per cent nationally before housing costs were taken into account.

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The figures on hourly earnings show that a year ago, the average white worker made £13.75 with black Britons earning £11.88 and workers of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin on £11.42.

The drops translate into a real-terms average annual loss of just over £8,400 ($11,000) and around £11,700 ($15,400).

Those more likely to own their own home are Indian, Pakistani and White citizens compared to black and Bangladeshi people, it also suggested.

The data also shows that White children from poor backgrounds have some of the worst results in tests during primary school.

Chinese and Asian pupils perform better than white and black children in secondary school.

■ White people were among the least likely to become a victim of crime or to fear becoming a victim.

However, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport - which carried out the survey - warned that the reliability of the data could be affected by small numbers of respondents from black, mixed and other ethnic backgrounds. This compares with 1 in 10 White British households.

Shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler called for "solutions and a sustained effort" to stamp out ethnic injustices as she attacked government policies for contributing to an equal society. A specialist unit, run from the Cabinet Office, will co-ordinate the Government's work.

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