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
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.