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Government launches ethnicity facts and figures website

On 10 October 2017, the government launched the ethnicity facts and figures website.

The launch of the website follows an audit of public services covering over 130 different topics including health, education and employment (Race Disparity Audit).

Key findings from the audit include:

Employment rates are higher for white people than for ethnic minorities across the country, with a larger gap in the north than in the south (13.6% compared to 9%).

There are disparities in primary school which increase in secondary school, with Chinese and Asian pupils tending to perform well and white and black pupils doing less well, particularly those eligible for free school meals.
Ethnic minorities are under-represented at senior levels across the public sector.

The website is intended to be a "living" resource with new datasets being added over time. Several central government departments have announced that they will be taking action to tackle some of the disparities identified in the audit, for example, the Department for Education will be launching a review into exclusions looking at the experiences of those groups who are disproportionately likely to be excluded.

Sources: Cabinet Office: Ethnicity facts and figures website and Cabinet Office: Race Disparity Audit (10 October 2017).

This article incorporates material originally published on Practical Law's website on 11 October 2017 and is reproduced with the permission of Thomson Reuters.

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