Birmingham City Council has commissioned community organisations to engage with the city’s LGBTs in order to better understand their ‘lived experience’ of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The council’s cabinet member for health & social care, Councillor Paulette Hamilton (Lab, Holyhead), is reported by BirminghamLive as saying: "I have never known fear like it."
She continued: "We have commissioned community organisations to do specialist engagement with the BAME, the disabled and the LGBT communities, and carrying out a range of research and ethnographic studies to capture the lived experience of different groups.”
Councillor Hamilton’s comments come as the deputy leader of the council, Brigid Jones (Lab, Bournbrook and Selly Park), issued a stark warning about the extent to which Birmingham and the West Midlands will suffer as a result of Covid-19.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting, she said: "The West Midlands is particularly vulnerable both socially and economically to Covid and the economic impact of that, and we are predicted to be one of the worst affected cities globally according to some of the research, with a severe contraction of GDP.
“And that is something we need to be planning for now.
"We're looking at a severe hit to our higher education sector, which is highly reliant on the foreign student market. And our creative industry sector, which is one of the biggest in the country, is looking at losing around 43% of jobs, according to current projections."
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