Coventry Women’s Voices, together with the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership and Foleshill Women’s Training has launched our new report, Layers of Inequality: a human rights and equality impact assessment of the spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women in Coventry.
The cuts in Coventry
- In Coventry cuts to welfare benefits are projected to cost residents of the city £112 million per year.
- As a result of cuts from national Government and a rising population, Coventry City Council’s annual funding per person will fall from £929 in 2010/11 to £717 in 2015/16
One third of the population of Coventry is BAME. BAME women are likely to be disproportionately affected by cuts to benefits, jobs and services.
BAME women and the cuts
- BAME women are more likely to be living in poverty.
- BAME households on average receive a higher proportion of their income from working age benefits or tax credits.
- BAME women face multiple disadvantages in the labour market including disproportionate representation in low paid and insecure unemployment and various barriers to finding a job, including a combination of sexism and racism.
- Unemployment is higher among all groups of BAME women than among white women or white men.
- BAME women are disproportionately likely to work in the public sector. For example, 45.6% of Black women of Caribbean origin in paid work are in the public sector.
- BAME groups as a whole are more likely to report ill health and experience ill health earlier than white British people.
The effects of the cuts cannot be viewed in isolation. They are just one part of a jigsaw of issues that affect BAME women including historic and on-going disadvantage, discrimination and racism. Our title, Layers of Inequality, represents what women have said to us about the multiple impacts that BAME women face as a result of the cuts and how these come on top of the challenges they face on a daily basis as a result of their gender and ethnicity and other experiences of disability, poverty and so on.
A full copy of the report can be found here