We have launched our BAME manifesto. What will a Labour government do for BAME people in Britain?
Below are the five things you need to know about how Labour will extend opportunity to all:
We’ll help close the BAME pay gap
BAME communities are still over-represented in minimum wage jobs, and are more likely to earn less than the living wage, with half of the Bangladeshi community earning below the living wage. Our plans to raise the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 an hour by October 2019 and ban exploitative zero hours contracts will help close the BAME pay gap.
We’ll introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee
Long-term unemployment among young people from an ethnic minority background has increased by almost 50 per cent in the last five years. And if you’re under 25 and black, you’re twice as likely to be out of work than the national average. Labour's Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will offer a paid starter job for every young person unemployed for over a year, tackling the scandal of BAME youth unemployment.
We’ll introduce a cross-government race equality strategy to drive progress throughout government.
We understand the need to maintain a laser-like focus on BAME equality. Therefore we will introduce a cross-government strategy to drive progress across every area of government. This will include action to tackle inequalities in health outcomes, to deliver an effective, modern criminal justice system and to champion greater diversity within the judiciary.
We’ll help strengthen BAME representation in public life and the boardroom
When talent and enterprise is locked out of top jobs it is not just individuals who lose out; our families, businesses and politics are all poorer for it. A Labour government will champion equality of opportunity through to the very top of the workplace, establishing a new Commission to set targets and drive greater ethnic diversity in our boardrooms. We also need our Parliament to look more like the country it represents. Before the election was called, Labour had more BAME MPs than all other Parties combined, but more needs to be done. So we’ll continue to use our Future Candidates Programme to increase the numbers of Labour BAME candidates, while working in government to increase diversity in the civil service.
We’ll take robust action against hate crime
As a country, we must stand together to eradicate hatred, prejudice and intolerance, rather than letting it spread. A Labour government will develop a cross-government strategy on hate crime, from schools to social media, to tackle the growth in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We’ll ensure hate crimes are properly recorded, including incidents of Islamophobia, as is currently done with other types of crime.