Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities

Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 14th February 2013.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall 9:30 am, 14th February 2013

What steps she is taking to improve the position of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the workplace.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Tackling unemployment is a priority for this Government, and our approach is to support people according to individual needs. There are 3 million ethnic minority people employed in this country—far more than ever before—and we are determined that this progress will continue.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

The all-party parliamentary group on race and community report on ethnic minority female employment found that Pakistani and Bangladeshi women are particularly affected by unemployment, with unemployment rates of 20.5% compared with 6.8% for white women. Is it not high time that the Government revisited their colour blind approach to unemployment and started to take specific steps to support BME communities to access the labour market?

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The Government have provided a wide range of targeted support through Jobcentre Plus, the Work programme, the Youth Contract and our “get Britain working” measures. As a result of the increased flexibility that we have given to providers, interventions can be tailored to specific needs.