REVIEW SHOWS INEQUALITY DAMAGES THE ECONOMY
(20 March 2006)
interim consultation report for the Equalities Review is published
today and shows that persistent inequality could seriously damage
the economy and cost society billions each year in lost income.
This wide ranging independent review was announced last year by
Prime Minister Tony Blair and Trevor Phillips was asked to chair
it. Trevor is also Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality.
interim consultation report looks at what inequalities still persist,
gives some novel ways to measure them and where focus is needed
to make people more equal. It also identifies eleven current challenges
where there are critical penalties causing inequality, which are:
Poor children, particularly boys, and certain ethnic groups are
more likely to experience less stimulating home learning environments
Ethnic minority children are less likely to attend pre-school
Raising the attainment of under-performing ethnic minority pupils,
particularly in the primary years
Reducing exclusions among boys and certain ethnic minorities
The educational attainment of lesbian, gay and bisexual teenagers
who have suffered homophobic bullying
The employment prospects of Pakistani and Bangladeshi young people
not in employment education or training
Older women with low levels of literacy
The job prospects of lone and partnered women after having children
The job prospects of Pakistani and Bangladeshi women
The job prospects of some disabled people
The job prospects and quality of life of older people after a
bereavement of a partner or a parent
Phillips, Chair of the Equalities Review said: "We are moving
in the right direction, but persistent inequality still exists.
For example, women with children are by far the least able to get
a job when compared to men with children or single men and women.
reviews shows where we need to focus our efforts to ensure that
all of those who are disadvantaged in some way are given the opportunity
to reach their full potential and contribute to a vibrant and successful
report will be published in autumn 2006 which will recommend proposals
for public policy to deal with the causes and affects of inequality.
It will also look at how to deal with new challenges such as the
collection of genetic data, an ageing population and the increasing
number of carers, and what to do when support systems fail.
more information visit www.theequalitiesreview.org.uk.