Implications of austerity for LGBT people and services: executive summary: summary

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Mitchell, Martin; Beninger, Kelsey; Rahim, Nilufer
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 November 2013
Minority Groups, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This research found evidence of a number of ways in which austerity cuts had affected LGBT people and the services they used, although the extent to which they were experienced varied among participants. The main effects of austerity on LGBT people at a personal level were:

  • greater financial hardships from redundancies, real term pay cuts and changes to benefit rules;
  •  problems finding accommodation where they could feel safe and that was LGBT friendly;
  •  a reduction in sexual health and mental health services that addressed their specific needs;
  • greater feelings of marginalisation and invisibility as specialist LGBT services and support disappeared.

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