Here’s a quick question for you. For every £100 that a man working in Birmingham earns, how much do you think a woman earns? Ninety five pounds? Ninety pounds? Maybe as low as £85? I’ll reveal the answer at the end, so while you’re mulling that here’s another one. The unemployment rate for white people in Birmingham is about 9%. What’s the rate for black people? If you doubled 9%, try again. The answer is actually three times higher – 26%. The unemployment rate for Pakistani and Bangladeshi residents is similarly out of kilter, currently standing at 18%. But here’s the really interesting thing. Back in 2004 the white unemployment rate was 6% while the black rate was 18% – again three times higher. Over the course of a decade, despite all its strategies and plans, the city was unable to reduce this stark inequality. Why is this? Well, it’s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Joy Warmington
Joy Warmington is chief executive of Birmingham-based equalities and human rights organisation Brap, www.brap.org.uk. She tweets at @JWmusesthis