Looking ahead to next week’s budget, Rosie Carter reveals new polling which highlights how BAME communities have taken the biggest economic hit during the COVID crisis, and lays out what needs to be done in response.
New research by HOPE not hate Charitable Trust has found that BAME communities have taken the hardest economic hit during the Coronavirus pandemic. The numbers in this exclusive polling – which you can read in full here – are stark.
The economic toll on BAME communities has been severe. The government has to step up it’s response. That’s why we’re backing calls for the Chancellor to extend the furlough scheme to avoid a cliff-edge fall in employment. It is vital that the budget increases the safety net for those who need it by eliminating delays and increasing payments of universal credit. The Chancellor must extend the residential eviction ban in England which will support all those who have been most impacted by the pandemic, especially, the minority ethnic groups disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The consistent racial inequity that we have seen throughout the pandemic – across measures of health and education outcomes, and this new polling shows, employment, financial security, housing and general wellbeing – are not random. It’s clear that more needs to be done to address systemic discrimination which underpins these growing gaps.
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