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Non-objective assumptions about the causes of racial disparities

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

As revealed by a recent FOI request, senior civil servant Neil Couling recently made the following statement:

"We all have unconscious bias, that’s unavoidable, but unchecked it leads to the racial disparities we see today in the under representation of ethnic minorities, particularly at senior grades."

The relevant FOI request can be found here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

The Civil Service Code places a duty on all servants to act with a dedication and commitment to the value of 'objectivity'.

The Code states that 'objectivity' involves basing decisions on "rigorous analysis of the evidence".

Experts who have rigorously analysed the evidence relating to demographic disparities within the UK have concluded that a major reason that the people who occupy senior positions within large organisations are disproportionately white compared to society as whole is because people who occupy senior positions within large organisations disproportionately come from economically-privileged sections of society - and because economically-privileged sections of society are disproportionately white. They also point out that not only do different ethnic demographics have significantly differing average socio-economic profiles, they also often have significantly differing socio-cultural / behavioural profiles and often extremely different average age profiles (e.g. the average white person in the UK is significantly older, and therefore more experienced, than the average black person).

In light of this, please provide the following information:

1) Any documentation held by the DWP which exempts senior civil servants employed by the DWP from adhering to the Civil Service Code when making decisions about, or commenting on, the causes of racial disparities within the DWP.

2) The documentary evidence held by the DWP that the so-called "under representation of ethnic minorities" at senior grades within the DWP is caused by "unconscious bias" as stated by Neil Couling.

Yours faithfully,

Isaac Roberts

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Dear Isaac Roberts,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 1st
July.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

David Andrew Jameson left an annotation ()

If you wish to look closer at racism make an FOI request how many staff have made complaints of racism to the DWP and how many employment tribunals with awards the award amount and how many settled before tribunal in the last 3 years

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