Theresa May warned George Osborne in 2010 “there are real risks that women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and older people will be disproportionately affected” by budget cuts. And she was right.
By 2020, a decade of Tory government will have lowered the living standards of the poorest black and asian families by 20%.
That’s the headline finding from an economic analysis of the Government’s tax and benefit changes and public service spending cuts produced by the Runnymede Trust and Women’s Budget Group.
It comes on the day that Theresa May launches a website to shine a line on racial disparities in Britain today. The PM says that “if these disparities cannot be explained then they must be changed.”
Here’s a few stats from the new analysis of Tory policies that May should ‘explain or change’:
The poorest third of the population will have lost most from Tory policies – black and asian women will lose the most:
When cuts to public services are considered, the poorest asian, black and mixed households will take a 20% hit to their living standards:
Asian, black and mixed households will have lost between £8,407 and £11,687 on average after 10 years of Tory government:
Just like her speech on the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May talks a good game about tackling inequality. But this report shows she is leading a government that is entrenching racial injustice.
That’s been clearly explained and now it’s got to change…