The Implications of Austerity on LGBT People in Public Services

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:00

NatCen have published a study which offers insight into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for LGBT people. 

This newly published research is a follow on from research carried out in 2013 looking at the early effects of the cuts, which began in 2010.

The key finding of this study was that fears about the effects of public funding cuts reported in 2013 were seen as a reality for some LGBT service users and service providers by 2016. Reductions in public spending had resulted in reduced access to some mainstream services (e.g. GPs, mental health and sexual health) when LGBT people had needed them.  

Effects of cuts on LGBT people as service users    

  • LGBT service users and providers thought that cuts in public spending had a disproportionate effect on the LGBT population compared to other groups.  
  • LGBT people reported a number of ways in which they thought cuts in public spending had affected them personally and/or as a social group. This was via financial hardships; limited identity and support needs; feeling marginalised and invisible; and a sense that there has been reversal of gains for LGBT people and increased in vulnerability.                                        

Effects of cuts on services and staff  

  • Sustained funding reductions left some LGBT services focusing on survival, rather than delivering a high quality comprehensive service.   
  • Service providers described an ongoing loss of experienced and knowledgeable staff on LGBT issues through redundancies.  
  • LGBT services and roles were reported as being less of a priority and as having received less focus over time.  
  • Service providers and volunteers reported high workloads and stress due to balancing greater demand for services with less resource (both funding and staff).

You can read the report full here and download the report below 


 

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