Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Huge effect of ethnicity on life chances revealed in official United Kingdom figures

Huge effect of ethnicity on life chances revealed in official United Kingdom figures

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. Only 54 percent of White British youngsters and 13 percent of White Gypsy and Roma children meet the same target.

The Tory MP told Radio 4′s Today programme: "I think there will be people out there today taking note of this, whether they are from black, minority ethnic backgrounds or not, and thinking this is exactly the kind of thing they want their government to do".

British white groups also fall behind in some instances, with white British pupils on school meals less likely to reach the expected standard at Key Stage 2 than any other ethnic group and white teenagers more likely to be smokers than black teenagers.

"If these disparities can not be explained then they must be changed", May said following the report, calling on government and the UK's institutions.

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.

The figures reflect that unemployment for black and minority ethnic people is at almost double that of white Britons and massive disparities exist in terms of home ownership across the country.

A review of pupil exclusion in schools will be announced with a focus on those most likely to be affected.

The Government's Race Disparity Audit shows how people of different backgrounds are treated across areas including health, education and jobs.

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But first secretary of state Damian Green said the audit provided an unprecedented degree of transparency into the impact of ethnicity, and would "tell us how well we are doing as a society in ensuring that all can thrive and prosper".

"As Prime Minister, knowing full well the damage that would be caused by the Conservative cuts, Theresa May has done nothing but exacerbate the problem", said Ms Butler.

David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the report must be used tackle the "entrenched inequality" in the United Kingdom, and to "set the foundations for real change".

He said the Government has already agreed to take action "with partners to address the ethnic disparity highlighted by the audit" in 20 targeted hotspots. "Tackling inequality will need the devotion of all her ministers", he said.

Theresa May warned there would be "nowhere to hide" ahead of the publication of the Government's first "race disparity audit". These issues are now out in the open.

"Britain has come a long way in my lifetime in spreading equality and opportunity".

May is to describe the website as an "essential resource in the battle to defeat ethnic injustice". "But the data we are publishing today will provide the definitive evidence of how far we must still go in order to truly build a country that works for everyone".

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