Prime Minister reveals plans to establish new Office for Tackling Injustices
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to launch a new government office aimed at combating “deep-seated societal injustice”.
May believes that the new Office for Tackling Injustices will be a “catalyst” for better policy and will gather data on disparity in various aspects, including background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
This pledge is linked to May's very first speech on the steps of Downing Street in which she said she would seek to tackle "burning injustices" in the UK.
Unveiling the plans, May said: "I am proud of what we have achieved to make the UK a more just society. But there is more to be done now and in the years to come if we are truly to say that this is a country which works for everyone.”
The prime minister suggested that introducing mandatory feedback on aspects such as the gender pay gap is just one way in which data can be collected and used to deal with injustices.
She also hinted that such checks may be implemented within policy.
A Downing Street statement said that the new office will mirror the Race Disparity Audit's approach by analysing how the ethnicity of an individual measures up against personal experience of using public services.
The Race Disparity Audit’s first publication of data in late 2017 revealed that educational attainment, health, employment and treatment by police and in court all differed according to ethnicity.
May is set to leave her post this month and will be succeeded by either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, with the winner of the Conservative leadership contest named on July 23.
Despite the prime minister believing that progress has been made in tackling injustice during her tenure, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott believes she has failed to deliver.
Abbott said: “On her first day in office, the prime minister promised to tackle burning injustices, but instead gave us the Windrush scandal.
“Three failed years later, in her last days [as prime minister], she’s decided to set up an office. The only way to tackle burning injustices is the election of a Labour government that will transform our country so it works for the many, not the few”.