Published: 11th Oct 2019

The government’s approach to tackling inequality should ‘urgently address’ the multiple levels of disadvantage that some people face, according to a new University College London (UCL) report. The report, which is called Structurally Unsound, finds that women, working-class, ethnic minority and disabled groups often face multiple disadvantages affecting their educational outcomes, employment prospects, homeownership, health and life expectancy. The report highlights lessons learned and provides recommendations for policymakers and researchers to adopt when approaching structural inequalities. The report notes that minority groups in particular face multiple disadvantages, particularly around employment, with figures showing that significant employment gaps exist for working class, BAME and disabled adults. While the report says the proportion of BAME adults in work has increased in the last decade, it still lags the rate recorded by the white population by 10.6%. BAME people are also on average 6% more likely to be underemployed than their white counterparts. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)