MINORITY WOMEN HIT HARD IN CRUNCH; Big Jump in Uenmployment among Black, Asian and Other Ethnic Groups in Coventry
Byline: Georgia Arlott NEWS REPORTER
UNEMPLOYMENT among ethnic minority women in Coventry has increased by 74 per cent over the last four years, a new report has found.
The study claims that black, Asian and ethnic minority women and their families have been hit disproportionately hard by government spending cuts.
The report by Coventry Women's Voices said women from ethnic minorities were more likely to work in the public sector, and that further local government funding cuts would lead to fresh job losses.
Kindy Sandhu, who wrote the report, said: "The spending review is making a bad situation worse.
"BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] women will lose more jobs, more money and more services.
"This is a big issue for Coventry since a third of our population is BAME.
"We did not cause this situation, but we are paying the price for it."
She said the total number of unemployed BAME women in Coventry in February 2009 was 655 but in February 2013 it was 1,145.
New government guidelines insisting that job seekers must speak English in order to claim benefits has also been criticised. …