Unite and Coventry Women’s Voices invite you to:
Layers of Inequality – the impact of public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women
Wednesday 5 March 2014 at 1-3 pm
Committee Room 16, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Chair – Lisa Nandy MP
Speakers: Kalwinder Sandhu, Coventry Women’s Voices – author of Layers of Inequality: a human rights and equality impact assessment of the public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women in Coventry.
Collette Cork-Hurst, National Officer, Equalities – Unite
Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Join us as we discuss the impact of the public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. The meeting will consider evidence that BAME women are being disproportionately affected by the cuts based on research carried out in Coventry by the University of Warwick and Coventry Women’s Voices. Whilst this research focuses on Coventry, BAME women across the country are likely to be similarly affected and this is therefore a much wider issue.
Findings of the report include:
BAME women are more likely to work in the public sector so have been disproportionately affected by job cuts and pay freezes. Unemployment among BAME women in Coventry increased by 74.4% between 2009 and 2013. Unemployment among white British women increased by 30.5% during the same period.
The cuts to local government budgets announced in the spending review will lead to further job cuts for BAME women.
BAME women are more likely to be poor and receive a higher proportion of their income from benefits and tax credits. Cuts to welfare benefits will cost all women in Coventry £76 million a year out of a total of £112 million. BAME women are among those hardest hit – the Government’s assessment of the benefits cap concluded that 40% of families affected would include someone who is BAME.
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