Ethnicity Audit

Theresa May’s report on ethnicity predictably highlighted the differences between the experiences of ethnic minorities compared to the mainstream in public services. The report outlined troubling issues such as black people were three times more likely to be arrested over their white counterparts.

The Hindu reports that the Indian community has a much more positive snapshot within the mainstream. Indians were half as likely to be stopped and searched by the police than their Pakistani counterparts.

On employment, British Indians had among the highest rates of hourly pay, above the national average and the white British community, while levels of employment were only marginally lower than that of white British (73% against 75%). British Indians also did well in areas of education, with one of the higher rates of students achieving at least 3 A grades at A-level in the final school exams, and, aside from the British-Chinese, were among the most likely to go on to pursue further education after finishing school.

On housing, Indians, alongside white British, were also among the most likely to own their own home, and among the least likely to live in social housing.

Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned the audit last year and has worked with groups across the country, publishing the audit and a new website with statistics on over 130 topics, which will act as a permanent source of data and gauge of levels of inequality.

“It’s a world first. No country has ever produced a piece of work looking at the lived experience of people of different ethnicities, which is as extensive and as ambitious as this,” said Ms May.


For the full story, see The Hindu