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Race review reveals gaping inequality in the UK

Race review reveals gaping inequality in the UK

Prime Minister Theresa May challenged British institutions and employers on Tuesday to "explain or change" racial disparities in society, as she published data showing ethnic-minority Britons are more likely to be unemployed and less likely to rise to the top in the public sector than their White counterparts.

The first national survey of its kind found huge gulfs in experience of health, housing and education, which also varied based on geography.

And white people are significantly more likely to struggle with suicidal thoughts, with 21.6 per cent saying they have considered killing themselves compared to just 13.1 per cent of Asians. Only 54 percent of White British youngsters and 13 percent of White Gypsy and Roma children meet the same target.

Following the report, ministers will tackle 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.

'It's also deterring ethnic minorities from engaging in public services'.

The revelations are just a small snapshot of data to be released by the Government on its new Ethnicity Facts and Figures website on Tuesday.

"But this audit means that for society as a whole - for the government, for our public services - there is nowhere to hide. These issues are now out in the open", she told a private meeting to launch the report, according to her office.

These ethnic disparities have been highlighted as the prime minister challenged society to tackle the differences in how people from different backgrounds are treated in schools and in employment. The prime minister warned that hard truths would be uncovered.

"She has the track record as well, when she was Home Secretary she couldn't understand why if you are a black man you were seven times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police".

Labour's equalities spokeswoman Dawn Butler said that Mrs May had written to then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010 warning of the risk that austerity would disproportionately hit minorities.

Bogged down by Brexit and losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election in June, May has struggled to deliver on social reforms to tackle what she has called "burning injustices" since taking control of the ruling Conservative party in July 2016.

Calling the audit a "comprehensive and coherent race equality strategy", David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said that the report must be used tackle the "entrenched inequality" in the United Kingdom, and to set the foundations for real change.

■ Of all applicants shortlisted for NHS jobs in England, white candidates were more likely to be appointed - some 18 per cent of whites shortlisted got the job compared with 11 per cent of ethnic minorities.

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