Thank you for contacting me about the independent report published on racial inequality in the UK.
The Government’s commitment to building a fairer Britain and putting an end to racism is unwavering. That is why the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established in the aftermath of the outpouring of emotion last summer. It has examined outcomes across the population on education, employment, health, crime and policing.
The Commission’s work is extensive and covered some very difficult and contentious issues with delicacy and sensitivity. I am encouraged that the Commission has taken an evidence led approach and makes recommendation based on what works to promote equality of opportunity.
The findings in the report have sparked a national conversation about race which will undoubtedly shed light on important issues across education, employment, health and the criminal justice system. For example, the report found that, while the UK is not yet a post-racial country, it has made considerable progress in addressing racial disparities in education and, to a lesser extent, the economy. I am encouraged to see that diversity has increased in professions such as law and medicine and that the ethnic pay gap has shrunk to 2.3 per cent.
While there has been great progress made in the past 50 years, Ministers recognise that there are areas which need our immediate attention. The report sets out 24 recommendations within four key themes that address the aspects the Commission believes will catalyse the most effective and meaningful change. The areas of focus are building trust, promoting fairness, creating agency and achieving inclusivity. For a full list of the recommendations, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-report-of-the-commission-on-race-and-ethnic-disparities/foreword-introduction-and-full-recommendations.
The Prime Minister supports the work of the Commission, and the Government will consider its recommendations in detail and will respond in due course.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me about this important issue.
Sally-Ann Hart MP