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Race Disparity Audit Will Help Everyone Build A Fairer Britain

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Race Disparity Audit Will Help Everyone Build A Fairer Britain

The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) welcomes the launch of the Government’s Race Disparity Audit. This resource should be a step towards ending ethnic inequalities across the UK.

There is already a lot of ethnicity data in the public domain which hasn’t sparked decisive action. For example:

  • Only 11% of apprentices are black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) although 25% of applicants via the government’s website are BAME.

  • The unemployment rate for young black men is double that of white young men.

  • 45% of young people in custody are from BAME backgrounds.

  • Arrest rates are generally higher than average for all BAME groups.

  • The GCSE attainment rates for Gypsy & Travellers, Caribbean boys and white boys on free school meals are significantly lower than average.

Having this data in one place, exposing differences by ethnicity and geography, will give everyone, from Government Departments to local communities, the information they need to take action. The data can support local communities to have conversations with local public bodies about ensuring that no ethnic group gets left behind in education or health or any other area of public life. The data should also be used by public and private sector employers to set workforce diversity targets in line with local population statistics, helping to tackle ethnic inequalities in employment and incomes.

Everyone, from all ethnic groups, should welcome this opportunity to work together more collaboratively to develop practical solutions which will end harmful and persistent ethnic inequalities.

Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive of BTEG says ‘I’m sure we all want our country to be a place where everyone is treated fairly and where, irrespective of skin colour, faith or gender, every individual can succeed on their merit. We aren’t there yet, but this website will show where our energy and resources now need to be directed. This important ethnicity data should not be denied or explained away but  discussed in town hall cabinets, by Police Crime Commissioners, Youth Offending Teams, local job centres and Ministers of State.’

‘This year we have seen two major Government commissioned reviews (McGregor-Smith and Lammy) which illustrate the colossal financial benefit that can be had for the UK by making the labour market and criminal justice system fair.’

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Notes

  1. The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) is a London-based national charity working to achieve race equality and improve outcomes for young ethnic minority people in education, employment, enterprise and the criminal justice system. BTEG address: 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP. Registered charity No: 1056043.  For more information about BTEG visit www.bteg.co.uk.

  2. To discuss this press release Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive, BTEG 07766114877 or Mark Blake, Policy Development Officer 0207 832 5807.

  3. BTEG leads the Young Review Phase 2 which works closely with the Ministry of Justice and HM Prisons and Probation Service to improve outcomes for young black and Muslim men. For more information on the Young Review Phase 2 please visit www.youngreview.org The Young Review Phase 2 is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Esmée Fairbairn and the Lankelly Chase Foundation.

  4. The Lammy review (2017) calculated that £309 million is the economic cost of BAME overrepresentation in criminal justice system (courts, prisons and probation). The McGregor-Smith review (2017) calculated that £24 billion per year would be the potential benefit to the UK economy from full representation of BAME across the labour market.

  5. BTEG advises the following bodies: Department for Education’s Apprenticeship Equalities and Diversity Advisory Group (chaired by BTEG); Metropolitan Police’s Strategic Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Board. BTEG is also a member of the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) which advises the Ministry of Justice officials and is supported by Clinks, the infrastructure organisation for VCS in the CJS.

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