Implications of reductions to public spending on LGB & T people and services

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Davies, Malen; Porter, Helen; Mitchell, Martin
Publisher
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 November 2016
Subject(s)
Social Policy, Employment, Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This study gives insights into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB & T) people.  

Key findings:

  • Reductions in public spending had resulted in reduced access to some mainstream services (e.g. GPs, mental health and sexual health) when LGB & T people had needed them.
  • LGB & T service users and providers thought that cuts in public spending had a disproportionate effect on the LGB & T population compared to other groups.
  • Sustained funding reductions left some LGB & T services focusing on survival, rather than delivering a high quality comprehensive service.

The research used two qualitative data collection methods: a secure online platform which was used to collate written submissions, and qualitative follow-up interviews with a selection of participants.

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