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Theresa May announces new independent body to tackle ‘societal injustice’

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Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced the creation of an independent organisation to better understand the many social injustices routed in British society.

Downing Street said the new ‘Office for Tackling Injustices’ (OfTI) will be charged with delivering more ‘effective, data-driven, evidence-based’ data to help future government’s policy decisions.

The OfTI will look at disparities in areas including socio-economic background, ethnicity, gender, disability and sexual orientation and explore if specific groups of people are unfairly discriminated against or held back from getting on in life.

Announcing the creation of the new independent organisation, Theresa May said: “Deep-seated societal injustice requires a long-term focus and cannot be eliminated overnight.

“Since becoming Prime Minister, I have challenged the injustices which still exist in our society through the power of data – from our world-leading gender pay gap reporting to the Race Disparity Unit – and I have demanded that if disparities cannot be explained, they must be changed.”

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She continued: “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 – no matter who they are or where they’re from.

“That’s why the Office for Tackling Injustices will go further, using the power of data, gathered from extensive sources, to shine a spotlight on key injustices and provide the catalyst for better policy solutions.

“By holding Government and wider society to account, we can create lasting change.”

Tory Minister for Women and Equalities, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt said: “We know that high quality data and evidence are important tools in tackling inequality.

“We need to know how well we are tackling injustice and the impact on people’s lives.

“The Office of Tackling Injustices will provide that accountability in the new Cabinet Office equalities hub at the heart of government.

“Sitting alongside the world-leading Race Disparity Unit, the Government Equalities Office and the Office for Disability, it will be an important part of work to drive change throughout Whitehall and improve lives across the country.”

Responding to the announcement, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane 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, 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.”

Editor’s Thoughts

With a new Tory leader and PM inbound, it looks like the rear guard are desperately trying to create, or perhaps we we should say fabricate(?), their own legacies before being kicked out.

Only now have they pledged a review into benefits for the terminally ill (Amber Rudd) or offered to genuinely tackle “burning injustices” in British society (Theresa May) – many of which the current government themselves have created.

It would be laughable if it wasn’t such a serious matter.


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