Both 'Unravelling Equality and 'Feeling the Pinch' have had a huge impact both in Coventry and nationally. They bring together all the different effects of the cuts and demonstrate clearly how it is the combined impact that is most devastating. I am often down in Westminster and see both MPs and peers carrying around copies of these reports with them and referring to them frequently - they should be compulsory reading." Cllr Ann Lucas Cabinet Member Health and Community Services
Since 2010, The Centre for Human Rights in Practice (CHRP) and Coventry Women's Voices (CWV) have been undertaking a joint project to assess the human rights and equality impacts of the public spending cuts.
The first report, launched in May 2011, Unravelling Equality?: A Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment on the spending cuts on women in Coventry highlighted the impact of a range of public spending cuts on women. Access the Full Report and Executive Summary here.
The Centre's 2nd report, highlighting the impact of the public spending cuts on older women, was launched at the Herbert Gallery on 19 July 2012. The report is entitled Getting off Lightly or Feeling the Pinch?: A Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment of the Public Spending Cuts on Older Women in Coventry. Access the Full Report and Executive Summary here.
A 3rd report, highlighting the impact of public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women, was launched on 9 July 2013 at the Herbert Gallery in Coventry. The report is entitled Layers of Inequality: A Human Rights and Equality Impact Assessment of the Public Spending Cuts on Women in Coventry. Access the Full Report and Executive Summary here.
In September 2014, the Centre undertook a specific investigation into the impact of benefit sanctions on people in Coventry withCoventry Law Centre, Coventry Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Coventry Women’s Voices. The full report entitled "The impact of benefit sanctions on people in Coventry" (Mary-Ann Stephenson, 2014) is available here.
The Centre's work in this area is being taken forward through an ESRC Collaborative Studentship Investigating the Impact of Welfare Reform. The project is a collaboration between the Centre for Human Rights in Practice in the School of Law at the University of Warwick and Coventry City Council. The Centre also has an ESRC Collaborative Studentship investigating cuts and changes to legal advice services which originated from the Centre's work on the impact of the spending cuts on women in Coventry.
Find out more about the impact of this work here.
Find find out more about the Centre's wider work on the public spending cuts here.