Britain has taken great strides towards ensuring equality of opportunity, freedom from discrimination and the protection of fundamental rights. But as we know, society is rapidly evolving, and in ways that affect different groups in different ways.
A report from the most comprehensive review ever carried out on progress towards greater equality and human rights protection in Britain has now been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ reveals that while for many life has become fairer over the past five years, for others progress has stalled, and for some– in particular young people and poor White boys – life on many fronts has got worse.
‘Is Britain Fairer?’ draws on a wide range of major datasets and the Commission's own analysis to reveal how, as the country becomes more ethnically and religiously diverse than at any point in its history, new complexities mean many existing assumptions about which of us encounter greater challenges may no longer hold to be true.
It shows which people were ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the five years since the Commission published its first review, but also how socio-economic status, age, ethnicity and other factors impact on experiences and outcomes for different groups of people at different stages of life.
Laura Carstensen, EHRC Commissioner said:
“All our main political parties have put achieving greater equality and fairness at the heart of their agendas for the next five years. This wide-ranging, evidence-based review demonstrates how, while the British people demand a fairer society where everybody has an equal opportunity to make the best of their lives, whatever their background, our achievements still lag behind our aspirations in some areas.
“While we have made important progress in many areas – and it is important to note and celebrate this - the gateways to opportunity that the Commission identified five years ago remain harder to pass through for some groups such as disabled people, those from poorer backgrounds and women over a certain age.
“It’s great to see the barriers being lowered over the last five years for some people: but during the same period they’ve been raised higher for younger people in particular. Theirs are the shoulders on which the country will rely to provide for a rapidly ageing population, yet they have the worst economic prospects for several generations.”
To read the full report, click here.