Inside Housing launches new series on racism and housing

The new series follows on from the creation of its race and housing editorial panel, which was set up almost a year ago. The aim of the panel was to provide Inside Housing with ideas for stories and research, and to challenge and inform how the publication approaches its work. The panel has already fed into numerous articlesContinue reading “Inside Housing launches new series on racism and housing”

Now is the time to address racism and discrimination in our sector

“Racism creeps in under your skin so sometimes you don’t know whether you’re not quite good enough for that job or whether it’s because you’re not understood or wanted,” says @JitinderT1 #UKhousing #RacismandHousing Joining the housing world in 1992 was always going to be a challenge for a Doc Marten-wearing ex-student recently exiting the academicContinue reading “Now is the time to address racism and discrimination in our sector”

More discussion and actions are needed to tackle racism in housing

A year ago, following the murder of George Floyd in the US, organisations across the housing sector voiced statements of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. At the time we said that warm words needed to be backed up with action and accountability. We will come back to the sector in a few moments,Continue reading “More discussion and actions are needed to tackle racism in housing”

How race impacts on people’s chances of living in a damp home or experiencing fuel poverty

Damp, mouldy conditions in social housing have led to shocking exposés in the national media recently, and sparked an investigation by the Housing Ombudsman. But in the first of our new series, Racism and Housing, Alex Turner digs into government statistics, to flag the less-talked-about fact that white residents are significantly less likely to be living inContinue reading “How race impacts on people’s chances of living in a damp home or experiencing fuel poverty”

More than 100 councils and charities pledge to reject government rough sleeper deportation rules

More than 100 organisations have pledged not to co-operate with Home Office policies that can lead to rough sleepers being deported, the charity behind the campaign has said. Nine local authorities – the Greater London Authority, Southwark Council, Islington Council, Hackney Council, Bristol Council, Haringey Council, Greenwich Council, Lewisham Council and Lambeth Council – haveContinue reading “More than 100 councils and charities pledge to reject government rough sleeper deportation rules”

Court of Appeal: Right to Rent scheme causes racial discrimination

The Court of Appeal has found that the Right to Rent scheme, a key plank of the hostile environment, causes racial discrimination. The judges confirm that as a result of this scheme, it is harder for black people, ethnic minorities and migrants to rent a home than it is for white British people. But the Court stoppedContinue reading “Court of Appeal: Right to Rent scheme causes racial discrimination”

‘Britain is bullying us’: Gurkha hunger strike protest enters fifth day

A group of Gurkhas who are on hunger strike outside Downing Street has told LBC they received less pension money for their sacrifice than service dogs. The demonstration, which has entered its fifth day, is hoping to pressure the UK Government into reviewing their army pensions so they are on a level footing with theirContinue reading “‘Britain is bullying us’: Gurkha hunger strike protest enters fifth day”

UK deportation flight to Jamaica leaves with 7 people onboard

The flight reportedly departed around 1am on Wednesday, according to flight tracker data shared by campaign group Movement for Justice. It has been widely reported seven people were on board the plane. Originally the Home Office planned to deport 90 individuals. The Jamaican government had expressed their concerns because of Covid-19 spreading. Karen Doyle, ofContinue reading “UK deportation flight to Jamaica leaves with 7 people onboard”

Covid outbreak at controversial camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers

The Independent understands that around 100 residents in four blocks have received a letter from Clearsprings Ready Homes, the firm contracted by the Home Office to manage the camp, telling them to self-isolate after three individuals tested positive. The letter, dated 7 August, states that “someone you share a household with has shown positive for Covid-19”Continue reading “Covid outbreak at controversial camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers”