Race, Gender and Austerity

In Intersecting Inequalities: The Impact of Austerity on Black and Minority Ethnic Women, we find that changes to the tax and benefit system and the loss of public services since 2010 has hit the poorest BME women harder than any other group. Policy changes that at face value treat everyone the same, disproportionately impact ethnic minorities, lone parents, women and those on low incomes.


Published jointly with the Women’s Budget Group, Intersecting Inequalities combines quantitative research by Landman Economics with qualitative interviews with young BME women carried out by RECLAIM, the University of Manchester and Coventry Women’s Voices. 


Our analysis shows that by 2020:


·         The poorest families will lose the most; with an average drop in living standards of around 17%

·         Lone mothers (who represent 92% of lone parents) will experience an average drop in living standards of 18% (£8,790).

·         Black and Asian households with the lowest fifth of incomes will experience the biggest average drop in living standards of 19.2% and 20.1%, respectively. This equates to a real-terms average annual loss in living standards of £8,407 and £11,678.


The impact of reductions to local service provision on BME women:

“One time I went [to the drop-in centre] at half past six in the evening and I didn’t leave until quarter to one. I was struggling. I couldn’t get a lift back. There were no busses. I had to get a taxi back home and for me on benefits that is quite a big deal.” (Focus group participant, Coventry)


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