Theresa May vows to tackle racism after report reveals shocking extent of discrimination in UK

 

The PM said race should not be a barrier to people achieving their goals EPA

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.

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: “People who have lived with discrimination don’t need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challenge.

“But this audit means that for society as a whole – for government, for our public services – there is nowhere to hide.

“These issues are now out in the open. And the message is very simple: if these disparities cannot be explained then they must be changed.

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

“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.”

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.

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