Friday, 21 October 2016

BME Communities ‘Disproportionately Impacted’ By Universal Credit

The Race Equality Foundation (REF) has said the move to Universal Credit will have a severe impact on the lives of those from BME communities. The research says UC will leave black and minority ethnic families worse off due to more receiving benefits and tax credits.  The government have estimated 16% of UC claimants will be of BME backgrounds, which is higher than the percentage of the population as a whole. They have also stated that whilst Universal Credit looks to incentivise people into work, the Work Programme has failed to work for BME people. This has left them remaining either in workless households or on low and insecure employment. Read more on 24Housing.

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