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LGBT+ and Benefits Research

Major research into LGBT+ people’s experiences of welfare benefits and/or assets

A group of trans-inclusive researchers from the University of Stirling, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Nottingham are beginning research with a view to improving the experiences of LGBT+ people dealing with the benefits system. It is an ambitious, large-scale study (120 in-depth interviews on top of analysis of existing data), so they’d appreciate any assistance in getting the message out there about their recruitment! They’re looking for volunteers who are:

  • LGBT+ (including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans people)
  • aged over 18
  • claiming (or have claimed since 2014) welfare benefits*, tax credits and/or a state pension
  • based in Scotland, Wales or England.

They’re particularly keen to speak to BAME folks/people of colour, because they’re often less represented in existing research. They are able to offer a £20 voucher as a thank you for taking part in an interview. The conversation is expected to last around an hour and can be at a time and (online or physical) place of your choice (covid-19/travel permitting). You can find further information here: https://tinyurl.com/5297jrrn. If you’d like to take part, or have any questions, please get in touch with e.formby [@] shu.ac.uk in the first instance:

*Welfare benefits can be any benefit you have received from Social Security Scotland, the Department for Work and Pensions, Job Centre Plus, or your local council.

The research will lead to research reports and briefings for organisations working with LGBT+ people. There will also be a series of short accessible videos for the public and other stakeholder groups, explaining people’s experiences and how to access support, ultimately to try and reduce any prejudices and discrimination.


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