Coping with Change and Uncertainty: Scotland's Equalities Groups and the Recession

DescriptionThis research was conducted to understand whether the recession is having a differential impact upon individuals and groups with ‘protected characteristics’ covered by equalities legislation.
ISBN978 0 755997350
Official Print Publication DateNovember 2010
Website Publication DateNovember 17, 2010

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Review of Scottish data, literature and fieldwork 2009-2010, exploring the impacts of the recession and its consequences for equalities individuals and groups

Communities Analytical Services, with contributions from ScotCen, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and Napier University Employment Research Institute

ISBN 978 0 7559 9735 0 (Web only publication)
ISSN 0950 2254
DPPAS 10891

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CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. SCOPE OF THE STUDY
Introduction
Scope of the study

2. CONTEXT SETTING: THE RECESSION AND RESILIENCE
The recession
Resilience
Resilience and equality
Resilience in this study

3. THE IMPACT OF THE RECESSION ON EQUALITIES GROUPS
Introduction
International Evidence Review
Scottish Data
Financial resilience of unemployed people
Age
Gender
Ethnic minority groups
Disabled people

4. ANTICIPATING CHANGE, DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY: STAKEHOLDER EXPERIENCES
Background
Gathering views and experiences from 'the front line'
Workshop findings
Employment
Services
Families and communities
Income and cost of living

5. DISABLED PEOPLE'S VIEWS OF THE RECESSION
Background
Methods
General views and experiences of the recession
Awareness and understandings of the recession
Is the impact any different for disabled people?
Impact on independence and quality of life
Present vs. future impacts
Combined effect of impacts
Impacts on self and others
Impact on employment
Participants' experiences and views of work
Impact of the recession to date
Concerns about the future
Impact on income and expenditure
Impact of the recession to date
Concerns about the future
Impact on services and support
Concerns about the future
Other impacts
Impact on attitudes and discrimination
Impact on housing and communities

6. CONCLUDING COMMENTS

7. REFERENCES

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.