United Kingdom race relations: Major report on inequality set to be published

Theresa May outside Downing Street

Theresa May outside Downing Street

One of the key findings is that employment rates are higher for white people than for ethnic minorities across the country, with a larger gap in the north (13.6%) than in the south (9%).

The new site, available later today, contains thousands of statistics covering more than 130 topics in areas including employment, health, education, and criminal justice.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said Mrs May's own policies during her time as Home Secretary had exacerbated the problem. Its aim is to challenge society to "explain or change" the racial inequalities it unearths.

The event was attended by a number of campaigners, including Jabeer Butt from the Race Equality Foundation, Omar Khan from the Runnymede Trust, Kunle Olulode from Voice4Change and Matilda MacAttram from Black Mental Health. "But this audit means that for society as a whole -for government, for our public services - there is nowhere to hide".

Black and Arab Britons are more than 40 percent less likely to own their own home, compared with white Britons, the report said. "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".

And Mr Woolley praised the Prime Minister for showing "a real desire to grapple with the scourge of racism" - highlighting her challenging of high levels of ethnic minorities subjected to police stop and searches and non-white deaths in police custody.

■ 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.

Indian people in work were the most likely of any ethnic group to work in the highest-skilled occupational groups.

■ White pupils from state schools had the lowest university entry rate of any ethnic group in 2016.

At key stage two, the second stage of primary school, 71 per cent of Chinese primary school pupils meet expected standard in reading, writing, and maths, compared with 54 per cent of White British pupils and 13 per cent of White Gypsy and Roma pupils.

But when cases come to court, white suspects are more likely to be convicted than those from other racial groups - suggesting that more non-whites are being charged with crimes which they didn't do.

Overall, white British adults earned around £3 an hour more than most BAME groups.

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.

■ Around one in 10 Army personnel are from an ethnic minority background but the figure falls to just one in 50 for the RAF.

Theresa May has said that the new website will become an "essential resource in the battle to defeat ethnic injustice" in all areas of society.

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