Ethnic minorities facing up to welfare reform
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Universal Credit
GHA Welfare Reform
A special welfare reform advice seminar has been held to help ethnic minority communities face the Government's changes to the welfare system.
Glasgow MSP Hanzale Malik and Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) hosted the event which looked at how new policies such as the bedroom tax and Universal Credit will effect working age tenants.
Mr Malik said: “We are in the middle of some of the most serious changes to the benefits systems and I am very concerned that many people are not fully informed or prepared for the changes.
“I am very grateful to GHA for being proactive and supporting my efforts to engage with communities that many public bodies refer to as ‘hard to reach’.
“People with poor language skills are particularly at risk of missing important information. However, this event shows that if you are willing to reach out in the right way, then you can overcome barriers and get your message across.
“I am hopeful that many of the community leaders and small voluntary organisations attending the event will go on to spread the word to the wider community.”
GHA is urging tenants to get in touch if they are worried about how they will cope with the benefit changes.
GHA, which is part of the newly-formed Wheatley Housing Group, has spoken to tenants affected to offer advice on their personal circumstances and explain their options.
Martin Armstrong, chief executive of Wheatley Housing Group, said: “We are doing everything we can to help our tenants cope with the impact of these unfair welfare reforms.
“We are continuing to work closely with all of our partners and stakeholders to press for changes to this unjust legislation.”