There is considerable research and practice based evidence which demonstrates that BME communities are amongst the most disadvantaged in Scottish society. There are significant inequalities between majority and minority populations in health status (mental and physical), financial wellbeing and social capital. BME carers and those in receipt of care suffer an additional disadvantage in that the majority of mainstream support services remain inaccessible and inappropriate.
Problems of language and communication and the inability of providers to respond to religious and cultural requirements effectively prevent or inhibit the take up of services which could have a beneficial effect on their quality of life.
The cumulative effect of this disadvantage is that BME carers and those in receipt of care will experience poorer health, greater financial hardship, more acute caring situations, less support and an overall poorer quality of life.