Housing benefit and welfare reform: Impact of the proposed changes on black and minority ethnic communities

Author: Beasor, Sue

Corporate author: Housing Quality Network

Briefing series: Better Housing Briefing Paper 18

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: April 2011

Housing benefit and welfare reform: Impact of the proposed changes on black and minority ethnic communities
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The coalition government has introduced a package of measures intended to reduce the increasing cost of Housing Benefit (HB). This paper examines the impact of these cuts on black and minority ethnic communities. Living in areas targeted by the cuts, black and minority ethnic communities are also likely to experience higher child poverty rates and need larger accommodation due to family size. Furthermore, although some of the reductions in housing benefit do not apply to claimants with disabilities, there is evidence to suggest that black and minority ethnic disabled people are less likely to claim the benefits to which they are entitled.