Brexit and the ethnicity pay gap

MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Comments from Simon Wooley, chairman of the government’s Race Disparity Advisory Group during a London Assembly economy committee meeting indicated that Brexit and austerity are having an adverse impact on the ethnicity pay gap. Given London’s large BME community, what is your office doing to tackle this?


Brexit and the ethnicity pay gap

Brexit and the ethnicity pay gap

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This Government’s Brexit and austerity policies are harming Londoners, and are having a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, as evidenced by organisations such as Race on the Agenda1 and the Equality & Human Rights Commission2.

I have called on the Government to withdraw Article 50 and give the public the final say on Brexit. I have also consistently opposed the Government’s cuts to public services and the welfare system and I am supporting the civil society organisations that are having to plug the gaps those cuts have created.

The employment and in-work progression programmes underpinned by London’s share of the European Social Fund (ESF) are particularly valuable in supporting BAME Londoners. This is why I am making the case for London to receive a fair settlement through the Government’s replacement for ESF – the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Lastly, I have recently published the GLA Group’s second ethnicity pay gap analysis and will support and encourage employers to do the same through my Good Work Standard. 




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