If the inequalities revealed in the Race Disparity Audit are to be tackled, Government departments must have clear and measurable plans, priorities for action, and remain accountable for the results.
This is according to the Women and Equalities Select Committee May 2018 report (pdf) on how the Race Disparity Audit can help to move society further towards equality.
The report commends the sound intentions of the Audit and recognises that it helped to expose many ‘uncomfortable truths’.
It states that the Audit also revealed the inadequacy of data collection across different areas of government and public services. Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee says that this isn’t good enough.
Key points and recommendations include:
- The Ethnicity Facts and Figures website is a welcome development in transparency and accessibility of data on inequalities facing BAME people in the UK.
- The Government should adopt the same categories as are used in the Census as the minimum standard for data collection on ethnicity across Government departments.
- The Government should publish an action plan to improve the consistency and robustness of the data it collects on the basis of ethnicity.
- A cross-government race equality strategy should be developed.
- Engagement by the Race Disparity Unit with stakeholders and users of data, including those representing black and minority ethnic groups, has been exemplary; this should continue.