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Civil Servants: Ethnic Groups

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech, Together, let’s make a difference, delivered on 18 October 2018, what progress the Government has made on improving representation of people from BAME backgrounds in the civil service.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy published in October 2017 included a commitment to increase the representation of ethnic minority staff in the Civil Service workforce. In June 2017 we published a Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion data dashboard [add link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-diversity- inclusion-dashboard]

Latest figures (March 2018) show ethnic minority representation in the Civil Service has risen to 12.0% which is broadly representative of the UK working population (12.8%).

Ethnic minority representation in the Senior Civil Service (SCS) also reached its highest level to date at 5.2%. We are committed to improving this and have published targets to increase the progression of ethnic minority staff into the SCS.

To drive delivery of the targets we have established an Ethnic Diversity Programme to build a sustainable talent pipeline to the SCS. The Programme also supports the new

Diverse Leadership Taskforce to increase diversity amongst our most senior leaders.

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