Runnymede Trust blog: Coronavirus will increase race inequalities

In Runnymede’s “Coronavirus will increase race inequalities”, Deputy Director Dr Zubaida Haque looks at existing societal inequalities and how the impact of COVID-19 will affect black and minority ethnic communities given this context. 

This report examines some of the key structural inequalities that place BME groups at much higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, as well as experiencing harsher economic impacts from government measures to slow the spread the virus.

Haque identifies these key factors as being health, housing and employment. The reports also concludes that the current governmental Economic Rescue Package doesn’t meet the needs of the majority of BME communities and recommends a stronger governmental to protect low income groups, self-employed people and those in precarious work.

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