Public services failing to collect ethnicity data, equality committee says

Theresa May’s efforts to tackle racial disparity in public services are being hampered by poor data-gathering in Whitehall, MPs have warned.

The House of Commons’ women and equalities committee welcomed the launch of the prime minister’s groundbreaking race disparity audit after she entered Downing Street in 2016, but said that without robust ethnicity data, government departments would remain ignorant of the “uncomfortable truths” they were supposed to be addressing.

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