Theresa May’s government is to raid dormant bank accounts, taking £90 million of wealth from the public and handing the money to causes helping non-white young people.
The move is the first major policy initiative to follow from the Government’s race disparity audit, published last year, and the money will be spent improving the job prospects of young people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
The Government claims the audit “highlighted the differences in outcomes facing young people from different backgrounds in different parts of England”.
According to the data used, young people from ethnic minorities between the ages of 16 and 24 are more likely to be unemployed than white youngsters – 23 per cent compared to 12 per cent.
However, the picture appears to be more complex than such figures would suggest once factors like class are taken into consideration, with poor white children faring significantly worse in education than their ethnic minority counterparts.