Audit triggers extra help to close the ethnic jobs divide

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Ministers have laid bare the shocking gaps in wealth, health and crime rates between different races by setting up a website with statistics on every aspect of society.

While overall arrests in England and Wales saw a decline of 5 per cent a year ago, a breakdown of ethnicity shows that while for white people the figure has fallen by 10 per cent, for ethnic minorities it has fallen by just 1 per cent.

Meanwhile, Indian and Pakistani people have similar rates of home ownership to white people in Britain, but black people and those from Bangladesh were less likely to own their own property.

Mrs May, who commissioned the audit soon after becoming PM previous year, has faced criticism that it describes the problems faced by Britain's ethnic minorities but does not include proposals to solve them.

'But our concern is the way that the Government has framed these disparities as being about discrimination or racial injustice, implying that there is unfair treatment of ethnic groups when in fact there are many different complex reasons why ethnic groups have different outcomes'.

Previously published data included in the new survey shows that black people are six times more likely than whites to be stopped and searched by police.

■ Of all applicants shortlisted for NHS jobs in England, white candidates were more likely to be appointed - some 18 per cent of whites shortlisted got the job compared with 11 per cent of ethnic minorities.

■ Around two out of three white British householders owned their homes compared with just two out five householders from all other ethnic groups combined.

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The findings show that the unemployment rate for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people (8 percent) is almost double that of white British adults (4.6 percent).

And white people are significantly more likely to struggle with suicidal thoughts, with 21.6 per cent saying they have considered killing themselves compared to just 13.1 per cent of Asians.

White British adults were the most likely to eat the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables a day but were also among the most likely to be overweight and to drink alcohol at harmful levels.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission called for a "coherent race equality strategy" from government.

Labour's equalities spokeswoman Dawn Butler said that Ms May had written to then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010 warning of the risk that austerity would disproportionately hit minorities.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said: "Theresa May's decision to shine a light on this issue means she can't now shy away from tackling the causes of this inequality - including cuts to public services and a shrinking state".

The figures have prompted demands for the Government do more to tackle the inequities.

"The bleak picture this report paints of racial injustice in the United Kingdom demands an immediate and bold response", she said. In a letter to the Times signed by, among others, Munira Mirza, the former deputy mayor of London, May is accused of painting an overly pessimistic picture of modern Britain. That Pakistani women are "shockingly badly integrated" into British society is one of the facets of the study that was trailed ahead of publication, and was reported on by Breitbart London.

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