Prime Minister Theresa May published the Race Disparity Audit and launched a new permanent ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ website on 10 October 2017. The Race Disparity Audit was initially announced in August 2016, with the intention of highlighting how people of different ethnicities are treated across public services. The website contains thousands of statistics covering more than 130 topics in areas including health, education, employment and the criminal justice system. In a speech given on the day of the launch the Prime Minister also challenged society to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different backgrounds are treated.

NOTICED Committee member, Tony Diangelo, commented “The requirement to publish data not only highlights where disparities occur it also enables remedial action to be implemented and benchmarked. A recent study by The Resolution Foundation analysed the link between education, employment and pay over the past two decades. Although there was a substantial increase in BAME individuals obtaining degrees, they had lower employment rates and when in work were more likely to be in lower paid occupations than their white counterparts.”