'How Fair is Britain' report shows that for UK, race is still the issue
11 October 2010
The report shows that while some inequalities remain entrenched, new challenges are emerging as the country's population becomes older and more ethnically and religiously diverse. It identifies 'five great gateways' to opportunity - revolving around well-being, education, work, security and voice in society - where millions could benefit if barriers are lifted. In education, boys are falling far behind with girls outperforming them at ages 5, 16 and degree level. In criminal justice, ethnic minorities are still 'substantially over-represented in the custodial system' and women prisoners have become a prominent feature of Britain's jails. The study says the biggest change has been the dramatic shift in attitudes to homosexuality. However, homophobic bullying in schools remains worryingly high.