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.’