Ethnically diverse areas of Birmingham to be most affected?

Statistics released by Birmingham City Council, indicate that the most culturally diverse areas of Birmingham are likely to have the highest rates of people affected by the Bedroom Tax.

Ladywood, possibly the most affected area, has the lowest proportion of white residents in Birmingham at just over a third. The predicted least affected area of the city is Sutton Coldfield, where a massive 94% of its residents are white.

As previously reported, less than 10% of Sutton Coldfield’s population is expected to be affected by the Bedroom Tax, in comparison to almost half of Ladywood’s residents.

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More specifically, Ladywood’s population includes 2 percentage points more Asian residents than white. Over 5% are mixed and almost 1 in 5 are black.

Sutton Coldfield’s ethnic makeup could not be more different. Just over 3% of its residents are Asian, around 1 in 100 are of mixed race and the same amount are black.

When questioned about the occurring pattern of Bedroom Tax and ethnic minorities, Councillor David Barrie (Conservative), strongly denied the act of discrimination:

“I reject absolutely the implicit suggestion that the changes discriminate against ethnic minorities.”

He went on to say:

“Inequality yes, discrimination no.”

Other areas of Birmingham predicted to be fairly highly affected by the Bedroom Tax are Erdington, Northfield and Hodge Hill. Those expected to not see many effects of the benefit cuts include Hall Green, Perry Barr and Yardley.

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However, Hall Green, Hodge Hill and Perry Barr are the other locations in Birmingham to have a high proportion of ethnic minorities, with only around half of residents in each area being white. Hodge Hill particularly shows a negative relationship between ethnicity and these benefit cuts, with around a third of residents potentially affected.