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1 Lesson The success of government action to reduce racial inequality Explain the success or otherwise of government policies to reduce racial inequality in the UK. Ethnic minorities make up 10.3% of the population, but 8.5% of the workforce and just 6.3% of those in management jobs.

2 Evidence to support the view that government has been successful in reducing racial inequality 1.89% agreed they would be proud to live in Scotland as a country without racism. 2.People from ethnic minority backgrounds can be found in all walks of life e.g. chief constables, MPs, judges, etc. 3.Many companies are working hard to overcome racial inequality. It is argued the NHS could not function without people from ethnic minority backgrounds. The police are also working to eliminate racism in the force. 4.In 2010, the Government published ‘Tackling Race Inequality: A Statement on Race’. This document acknowledged the progress that had been made in reducing racial inequality but recognised that more work needed done enforcing race relations laws and ensuring public bodies promote racial equality.

3 Evidence to oppose the view that government has been successful in reducing racial inequality 1.There were 5,243 racist incidents recorded in Scotland in This figure is rising. 56% of Scots feel there is 'a great deal' or 'quite a lot' of prejudice towards minority ethnic communities in Scotland. 2. In Britain, 75% of adults who are White have jobs. For Afro-Caribbeans the figure is 60% and for those who are from a Pakistani/Bangladeshi background the figure is around 50%. Average pay rates are higher for Whites % of White British men were unemployed in Oct The figure for Asian men was 10.8% and 18.2% for Black Britons. Overall, it was 12.8% for all minorities. 4.Too few people from ethnic minority groups attend universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

4 The Guardian – June 2010 Racism is still stopping Britain's ethnic minorities from entering the best-paid professions despite them having a stronger work ethic and greater drive than white Britons, a report released tomorrow claims. The report, funded by the government and compiled by charity Business in the community, whose president is Prince Charles, says too many ethnic minority Britons feel prestige jobs in the law, banking, media and politics are closed to them. For the study, 1,500 people from all ethnic backgrounds were interviewed. Asked which professions were seen as racist, nearly half of all respondents saw the police as prejudiced, rising to 72% for Afro-Caribbeans. The armed forces were seen as prejudiced by 36%, politics by 30%, and law by 16%. The report said: "Overall it is clear that some of the best-paid professions in the UK are still seen as subtly hostile or openly racist towards ethnic minorities... It is disappointing that over so many decades of official initiatives... that a significant minority should see institutional racism across the board."

5 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER ARTICLE – FEB 2013 Take notes on the following: Evidence that shows a reduction in racial inequality. Evidence that shows a an increase or no reduction in racial inequality. Take notes under the headings: – Crime -Education -jobs -The media -Parliament -regions -Sport -entertainment

6 The success of government actions to reduce racial inequality Questions 1.What evidence is there that government has reduced racial inequality in the UK? Make three points. 2. What evidence is there that government has failed to reduce racial inequality in the UK. Make four points. 3. Do you think government has done enough to reduce racial inequality? Explain your answer with reference to the information in this and earlier presentations. Reading: “Modern UK Social Issues” pages


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