Race Disparity Unit

Race Disparity Unit

Cabinet Office |

The Race Disparity Audit is one of the defining domestic policy achievements of this Government. Announced by the Prime Minister a month into her tenure, the project has involved looking critically and comprehensively at the outcomes of people of different ethnicities across all public services – something no other country has done before.

I am nominating the team behind it: the Race Disparity Unit (RDU) in the Cabinet Office. They have done something remarkable, the impact of which will last for many years and will be increasingly appreciated over time. This success was not inevitable, however, and it is due to the tenacity, brilliance and sheer hard work of the small unit that the Audit was so widely lauded when it was first published in October 2017. This same hard work, with No.10, the wider Cabinet Office and numerous Government departments, has also created a strong pipeline of policy announcements in response.

In doing so, they have also become a knowledge hub in Government for a wide range of issues relating to ethnicity, data, transparency and behaviour change. Their achievements are considerable and deserve to be recognised by the Civil Service Awards.