One of Theresa May’s first acts as prime minister, just weeks after she stood on the steps of Downing Street and pledged to devote her premiership to tackling Britain’s ‘burning injustices’, was to order a public sector-wide audit of the country’s racial disparities.
The results, published in October last year, revealed that ethnic minorities face huge disparities in life experiences and outcomes compared with their white British counterparts, across education, health, employment and the criminal justice system.
With the true picture of racial inequality in Britain laid out for all to see, the prime minister said that “for society as a whole, for government and for our public services,” there was now “nowhere to hide”.
But how can government and civil society ensure those ‘burning injustices’ are not just highlighted but tackled? That was the topic of discussion as the Equality and Human Rights Commission brought together a panel of leading figures from the voluntary sector and politics, as part of their programme of events asking, ‘How fair is Britain?’