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

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

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

London's deputy mayor for social integration, Matthew Ryder, said: "This is very troubling information, but sadly all too familiar reading for those who have been deeply concerned about inequality in Britain for many years".

"This audit means that for society as a whole - for government, for our public services - there is nowhere to hide".

"Britain has come a long way in my lifetime in spreading equality and opportunity".

Attending the PM's diversity event at Number 10 were 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. Its aim is to challenge society to "explain or change" the racial inequalities it unearths.

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.

However, having seen the lack of diversity in the judiciary, the student told her he wondered if it was a profession in which he could progress.

■ 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. In many areas the gap is closing and in some areas ethnic groups outperform.

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■ Ethnic minorities are more likely to live in areas of deprivation, especially black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi people.

Asian people are more likely to be happy with the way people in their local area get on, with 85 per cent saying they have good community relations compared to 81 per cent in the population as a whole.

The sixth form student told the prime minister how he had been hassled by police when with a group from minority ethnic backgrounds and seeing the officers ignore a larger group of white people.

■ Black defendants in Crown Court cases were the most likely to be remanded in custody.

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. White British adults were more likely to have suicidal thoughts, however.

Dawn Butler, Labour's shadow secretary for women and equalities, welcomed the collation of Government data but stressed "what matters most is what the Government is going to do about the problems identified".

A "bleak" picture of the level of racial inequality in Britain has been laid bare following the Government's decision to publish a raft of official statistics on how race affects life chances. A specialist unit, run from the Cabinet Office, will co-ordinate the Government's work.