The Race Disparity Audit

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In light of the recent Race Disparity Audit, we wanted to share what we found to be the most shocking statistics found. These statistics can help us tailor our workshops and research towards improving the soft skills and likelihood of 16-25 year olds. As such, here are some of the facts we found the most shocking…

 

There is a large disparity in the effect of poverty on school performance

Although those eligible for free school meals were seen to have worse school performance than those who were not, there was a stark difference in attainment based on ethnicity as well.  White British, Gypsy/ Roma and Irish Traveller youth had significantly lower attainment scores compared to their counterparts. This means that there could be culturally bound ideas that affect education which affect the amount of effort students put into their work.

 

There is a correlation between ethnicity and poverty

The report highlighted that those from Pakistani, Black and Bangladeshi backgrounds are more likely to live in impoverished areas and to receive tax deductions. Similarly, there is a correlation between poverty and attainment. As such, it is imperative that we initiate programs that should help those from these backgrounds get better education, or work on skills that can help them have a higher quality of life in the future.

 

White British households are more likely to own a home

Whilst this figure might not seem shocking, 68% of White British households are likely to own a home. In a stark contrast to “generation rent”, this could seem surprising for our youth, who are supposedly more likely to permanently live in rented property or have to share with friends and family. This figure could be linked to the fact that they are also more likely to be in higher paying jobs. As such, we have a responsibility to encourage those of younger generations to work hard in order to break the barrier and change these statistics. This would ensure that younger people of all races are able to climb onto the property ladder. Simultaneously, it is important that we educate ourselves and those around us on the best ways to save money in order to secure mortgages and future homes.

 

A large percentage of each race felt as though they belonged to Britain

Despite some of these shocking statistics, there is a sense of community and belonging amongst all. This patriotic attitude encourages a sense of community, which can help us appreciate the system under which we belong. As such, the government could work together to enforce a sense of unity amongst those living in Britain, to encourage individuals to work hard in order to better their community and country.

 

What does this mean for us?

Now that we know what are some of the most surprising figures from the Race Disparity Audit, we have a responsibility to ensure that these figures are changed for the future. For example, workshops on how to manage money or on ways to develop soft skills for employment are essential. These will allow for all 16-25 year olds to secure steady jobs and pave the path for less disparity in the future.

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