Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Indians highest skilled among United Kingdom minorities, says new race audit

Indians highest skilled among United Kingdom minorities, says new race audit

The Prime Minister's recent rhetoric around race has attracted criticism, however.

She said she would challenge society to "explain or change" significant differences in the life outcomes of British ethnic minority and white people revealed in the Government's audit.

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A website launched by the government today showing how life can differ depending on race - apparently the first of its kind in the world - claims that nearly every ethnic group in the United Kingdom feels a strong sense of British identity. Around 7.5 percent said they were Asian or Asian British - those with Indian backgrounds made up the largest section of this group, followed by those from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds - and around 3.3 percent described themselves as black, African/Caribbean, or black British.

That suggests that over the course of a year, white employees are raking in around £4,000 more each than non-whites.

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The Department for Work and Pensions is expected to set up some 20 "hotspot" areas to help ethnic minority individuals find employment.

Some BAME groups are more likely to live in overcrowded housing, to grow up in persistent poverty, to be stopped and searched by police than white British people and less likely to earn as much per hour, or to own their homes.

The Government also confirmed it would be implementing recommendations made by Labour MP David Lammy in a recent review of the way the criminal justice system treats those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The report found that while state-educated white Britons had the lowest rate for going to university, they were also less likely to be unemployed than ethnic minorities and were more likely to own their own home.

The "Ethnicity facts and figures" website is a mixture of new data and stats which were previously published in a less accessible format.

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■ White British adults were the most likely to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day but were also among the most likely to be overweight and to drink alcohol at harmful levels.

Just over one fifth of white people in the region are categorised as economically inactive compared to more than one third of other ethnic groups.

Mrs May said the audit would become an "essential resource in the battle to defeat ethnic injustice".

The Equality and Human Rights Commission meanwhile called for a "comprehensive and coherent race equality strategy" from the Government.

Measures could include mentoring schemes, traineeships for 16-24 year-olds, and offering English and Maths qualifications alongside vocational training.

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Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to say: "People who have lived with discrimination don't need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challenge". That's not just for government, it's for society as a whole'. "These issues are now out in the open", she told a private meeting to launch the report, according to her office. And the message is very simple: "if these disparities can not be explained then they must be changed", she said.

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