Civil Service figures show institutional racism at heart of Government – Dawn Butler
Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on the revelation that no people of Black Caribbean origin were accepted onto the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2016 despite record number of applicants, said:
“It is profoundly shocking that not a single one of the 339 Black Caribbean people who applied to the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2016 was accepted and that the success rate for this group has fallen way behind their White counterparts in every year since 2010.
“In the wake of the Windrush scandal, these figures reveal a staggering lack of progress on tackling racial inequality in our country and in government, and a deep rooted bias in selection procedures.
“Far from tackling burning injustices, inequality and a failure to address institutional racism lie at the heart of Theresa May’s Government.
“The Prime Minister must explain these figures and the steps she is taking to address this as a matter of urgency.”