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Seeking to relaunch social agenda, UK's May to address racial disparity

Seeking to relaunch social agenda, UK's May to address racial disparity

MEASURES to help people from ethnic minority backgrounds into work in three Yorkshire districts have been promised after a Government audit revealed white people are more likely to have jobs.

The first national survey of its kind found huge gulfs in experience of health, housing and education, which also varied based on geography. Chinese pupils had the highest attainment throughout school, made the most progress and were the most likely to stay in education and go to university.

Only 54% of white British youngsters and 13% of white Gypsy and Roma children meet the same target.

"Indian people in work were the most likely of any ethnic group to work in the highest-skilled occupational groups: over 1 in 10 were in manager, director and senior official roles and over 3 in 10 were in professional occupations", the Race Disparity Audit notes.

Those from poorer backgrounds suffer most, with just under a third (32 percent) of white British children who get free school meals reaching the expected standard.

Tuesday's audit release coincided with new research that suggested ethnic-minority women are being hardest hit by austerity.

It examines how people of different races and backgrounds are treated in British society - particularly in relation to public services. "These issues are now out in the open", she told a private meeting to launch the report, according to her office.

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The audit was commissioned by the prime minister who is expected to challenge British institutions to "explain or change" the disparities and will hold a cabinet discussion with key stakeholders. But her government has become bogged down with Brexit negotiations and infighting, and May was weakened after her Conservative Party lost seats in a snap election in June.

"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".

She said: 'I think whats happening is that the constant talking about institutional racism, racial bias, unfair treatment - these are the words that the Prime Minister herself was using - is stoking grievance.

"That was something where she had the data, analysed it, thought it was unacceptable and just by shining a light on it, it changed practice". "Far from tackling the burning injustices she has added fuel to the fire", Labour's equalities spokeswoman Dawn Butler said.

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.

He said some statistics made "uncomfortable reading", but that "unless these things are laid bare we can't begin to resolve them".