The problems, caused by the coalition’s cuts, highlighted in a new report on Coventry’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women, are being replicated across the UK, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 5 March).
Unite national officer for equalities Collette Cork-Hurst, speaking at today’s launch of ‘Layers of inequality: a human rights and equality impact assessment of the cuts on BAME women in Coventry’ at the House of Commons, said that BAME women had suffered disproportionately because of the austerity programme.
The report’s major findings are:
- Unemployment among BAME women in Coventry increased by 74.4 per cent between 2009 and 2013. Unemployment among white British women increased by 30.5 per cent during the same period.
- 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 per cent of families affected would include someone who is BAME.
Collette Cork-Hurst said: “Far too often the voices of black, Asian and ethnic minority women are not heard. This timely report tells us that they are being disproportionately impacted by the cuts, particularly through job losses in the public sector.
“While the report focuses on Coventry, we believe that this would be the case in many areas across the country and call on the government to monitor what is happening to black, Asian and ethnic minority women as a result of its cuts agenda and take urgent action to stop escalating inequalities.”
The Commons meeting is organised by Unite and Coventry Women’s Voices.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940.
For more information on the report contact Kindy Sandhu on 07921 904212/ 024 77677994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.