Theresa's Race Audit; PM Launches Year-Long Blitz to Root out Inequality from Public Services

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Theresa's Race Audit; PM Launches Year-Long Blitz to Root out Inequality from Public Services


Byline: Daniel Martin Chief Political Correspondent

THERESA May has ordered a year-long audit of all public services to ensure ethnic minorities and the white working classes are not being treated unfairly.

The root-and-branch review will consider whether people are treated differently by schools, hospitals and the courts because of racial background.

The huge administrative exercise will put extra pressure on public services at a time of crisis, with the NHS in deficit and schools overcrowded.

Mrs May said the plan would help tackle 'burning injustices' and reveal 'difficult truths' about how race affects the level of service people receive. It will consider whether someone's skin colour affects how quickly they get a GP appointment or how well they do at school - and whether they are more likely to be tasered.

Number Ten said the findings would lead to new policies, adding: 'The audit will show disadvantages suffered by white working-class people as well as ethnic minorities.' For example, it will give more details about why white workingclass boys are much less likely than others to go to university.

The Prime Minister said: 'When I stood on the steps of Downing Street on my first day, I made clear that I believe in a United Kingdom by every definition - and that means the government I lead will stand up for you and your family against injustice and inequality. Today, I am launching an audit to look into racial disparities in our public services that stretches right across government. It will highlight the differences in outcomes for people of different backgrounds in every area - from health to education, childcare to welfare, employment, skills and criminal justice.'

She added: 'This audit will reveal difficult truths, but we should not be apologetic about shining a light on injustices as never before.

'It is only by doing so we can make this country work for everyone, not just a privileged few.' All aspects of the state - schools, universities, GPs' surgeries, hospitals, courts, job centres and benefits offices - will be covered by the audit.

A team will be set up in the Cabinet Office to collect information from across the country about race, gender, income and geographical location. This will then be collated to show up any disparities in access to services and how people are treated.

Existing data shows that Britons from a black Caribbean background are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school. …

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