Voice4Change Joins The Government's Race Disparity Launch At Downing Street

Key information: Race Disparity Audit

Voice4change and the Coalition of Race equality organisation(Core) has spent the last nine months talking with Thresa Mays Cabinet Office and senior advisers about the design and access. Initial doubts about the impact data that had already been published could have on changing were debated and also the view that the data could depict either an overly negative or positive view of the position of ethnic minorities in British society.  

Last Tuesday 10th October Prime Minister Theresa May announced the launch of Ethnicity Facts and Figures website. Voice4Change Director attended Downing Street alongside reps from: Runnymede Trust, Olmec, Black Training Enterprise Group OBV etc with the purpose of:

* Publishing clear and authoritative data about ethnicity

* Making ethnicity data accessible, by putting it all in one place

* Shedding light on ethnic disparities, including in education, employment, health, housing and criminal justice

The Audit was carried out to hold up a mirror to our society. Some of the findings are uncomfortable. Britain has come a long way in spreading equality and opportunity, but this audit is definitive evidence of how far we must still go in order to truly build a country that works for everyone.

On the other hand, one of the bright spots of the data that stood out for the third sector was in relation to volunteering. Black adults were among the most likely to participate in some form of formal volunteering on a regular basis, which involves providing unpaid help through groups, clubs or organisations at least once a month. 1 in 4 Black adults and almost as many White adults regularly participated in formal volunteering in 2016-17, and they were more likely to do so than those of Asian or Mixed ethnicity of whom around 1 in 6 volunteered formally on a monthly basis.

The Audit developed the Ethnicity facts and figures website, which presents data about ethnicity collected by government departments through surveys and while providing public services to people in the UK.

The website will cover a wide range of government data on ethnicity – published and unpublished. The data highlights ethnic disparities, including between and within ethnic minority groups, and in some cases shows whether they are increasing or decreasing over time.  A large proportion of the ethnicity data on the website offers analysis by geographic location, income, gender and a variety of other factors that provide insights into trends and patterns related to people’s lives. The data and the disparities are accompanied by commentary information that provide necessary context to help users understand the data to help give a detailed picture of life in the UK for people of different ethnicities.  

The data in the website has been extensively tested with members of the public and a wide range of stakeholders including public services, academics and NGOs, who can use the Ethnicity facts and figures website to find information about:

* Crime, justice and the law

Policing, crimes, courts, sentencing, prisons and custody

* Culture and community

Arts, digital, museums, libraries, volunteering, transport, local area and neighbourhoods

* Education, skills and training

Schools, exclusions, further and higher education, apprenticeships and where people go after leaving education

* Health

Physical and mental health, preventing illness, quality of care, access to treatment, patient experiences and outcomes

* Housing

Home ownership, renting, social housing, homelessness and housing conditions

* Work, pay and benefits

Employment, unemployment, pay and income, benefits, business and the public sector workforce


Please visit the site here Ethnicity Facts and Figures website and help to promote it through tweets, blogs, or post/share key messages about the website to your networks


The Prime Minister's tweet on the audit can also be retweeted here