APPG inquiry into ethnic minority female unemployment

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community has published its report on ethnic minority female unemployment following its inquiry into the issue. The inquiry took place between July and November 2012. The report, written on behalf of the APPG by Runnymede's Public Affairs Manager Vicki Butler, found that discrimination is present at every level of the recruitment process and calls for more action from government in order to decrease high unemployment levels of these groups.

Read the report here.

The inquiry gathered evidence in parliament, through written submissions and by talking to women throughout the country. Evidence received is available below. In addition a short film was been made, which includes interviews on the issue with ethnic minority women around the country.

Watch the film here.

Oral evidence summaries:

Written evidence submissions:

Terms of reference

  • Are unemployment rates of Black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani women being more affected by the current recession compared to previous recessions?
  • What are the reasons behind the high levels of unemployment of these particular groups?
  • How effective are current policies in addressing unemployment levels of the target groups? Is further intervention needed, and if so, what should this look like?
  • What impact is redundancy and unemployment having on lone mothers and their children among the target groups?
  • Have there been changes in labour market inactivity of certain groups, and if so, why?

Inquiry sub-committee Members

  • David Lammy MP (Chair of the APPG and Chair of inquiry sub-committee, Labour)
  • Debbie Abrahams MP (Labour)
  • Baroness Benjamin (Liberal Democrat)
  • Baroness Hussein-Ece (Liberal Democrat)
  • Baroness Berridge (Conservative)